3 Reasons Millennials Attend Your Church
Synopsis: Christian Millennials are committed to and active in the church, many churches across the globe struggle with getting more attendance. This article will guide church pastors and leaders in coaching young people and deepening their faith.
Millennials who grow up in a church community are familiar with their parents’ faith and are some of the most valuable members a church can have. However, it is also being reported that many Millennials are leaving organized religion.
In this day and age, we see more Millennials who are deeply concerned with many issues: world government, culture, and even the spiritual meaning in life.
It is important for church directors and managers to understand what attracts Millennials to the church, so that they can plan their programs in more appealing, effective ways. The minute your members start to feel like attending church is boring or a chore, that is when they will seek out other communities and activities to spend their time and mind on.
Here are three reasons that many Millennials come to church. If you can combine these findings with your own research on this age group, you will be more effective as a church community. Read on to know how you can build more lasting relationships and greater connections with Millennials attending your church.
1. MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
Everything begins with relationships, especially in the church community. Coming to know God truly; finding guidance through spiritual leaders and pastors; serving others whether through giving financially or of one’s personal time. Millennials must feel as if there is a deep connection with your church. Otherwise, why bother?
Now, it could be that they see the attractive side of attending your church: the music, the lights, the Sunday shows and interesting blogs your pastors write. However, this is just the first step. Millennials will only be repeat visitors to the church when they feel that the relationship fosters trust, openness, and love.
What can church leaders do to grow the relationships? Focus on trust and creating a safe place for your young people to feel accepted. Many of them have other social circles outside the church, and they gravitate to groups where they feel understood and cared for. Millennials are the generation that grew up in between worlds, at a time when digital technology changed many experiences. So they will have different needs than their parents, or even the next generation.
To foster meaningful relationships, focus on the needs of the Millennials who attend your church. You can get to know them better by putting out surveys or organizing support groups—whether off or online.
WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT
Millennials often do not find within their other social circles the wise and loving counsel their church seniors and peers can give. Modern life has become increasingly complex for this generation, and they continue to crave the support of those who know and understand their needs.
The reality is that today’s culture presents many paradoxes. Keeping the faith and standing strong in the midst of compromised situations is not an easy task. With many peer groups, the pressure to fit in is great, and when you have young families facing new challenges, there will always be unforeseen obstacles. This is where church mentoring comes in.
Church leaders must think of themselves as coaches or mentors who not only show the right path and way to go but also walk with them on the journey. In the Millennial’s eyes, these are the very best kind of guides. These are the ones who will be their friend and mentor, guiding them back into the safety and security of the church.
So, as mentors, leaders must utilize the modern technology available to all churches today. Find out how to use social media to share inspirational things with your young people. Strive to show them an example of hope, even in the very darkest and trying times. Use visuals, audio guides, or online entertainment as a way to reach out and help them understand God’s Word in a more meaningful way.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE AUTHENTICALLY
There are many ways Millennials can give to the church—not just in financial donations. Is your church community active with outreach programs where they can contribute their skills? If not, it might be time to start asking yourself how to make this a reality.
Consider also that many Millennials are now young parents. Does your church provide a way to spiritually feed and nourish their little ones? Include their needs, ask their opinions, and try to model your services in a way that serves their families on a greater level.
Millennials who are parents will keep coming back to the church if they feel it is a good investment of time for their family. It will inspire them to have another strong circle of support outside of school or immediate family networks.
As church leaders, you can teach them to give by giving their children the treasures of God’s word, raising them with wisdom and care, and serving selflessly. You can create socially aware members who enjoy hands-on volunteering, offer their skills to various needs of the church, and even help you reach more Millennials who need spiritual guidance.
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When planning your content for the Millennial age group, it’s important to take time to understand their needs and hopes so that you can help them serve in a greater way. What worked for young people in the church a short decade ago is completely different from the needs of today’s new generation.
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