Stats suggest that millennials are leaving “religion” in droves. According to pewforum.org, only 28% of millennials attend church weekly, 38% a few times a year, and 34% never darken the door of a church each year. In society millennials seem to get a bad reputation, but what is leading them to leave church?
One of the primary objectives of every generation of the church is to hand the faith and the church over to the next generation. Has the church failed in this objective? The Bible teaches this in Titus 2:4-5 "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed".
So the question must be asked: How does the church reach the next generation? Music and technology are probably the two most things used to reach this generation. We're told that music must reflect the culture of the generation. A.W. Tozer says it best, “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” How the church wins people is how they have to keep them.
What do millennials want? The same thing everyone is looking for. Our time. Our heart. Our attention, along with a chance to actually connect with people. That is one reason why small groups do well with Millennials. Relationship is something every church can be good at. Everyone at your church doesn't need to know everyone. But everyone needs to know someone.
While culture changes, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We don't need to have our churches reflect entertainment and the culture to draw people to His church. Christ like love still draws people to Christ.
Please let us know in your comments below why you feel our young people are leaving the church.