Next Generation Needs
Millennials refuse to sit on the sidelines. They want to be part of the action, or they'll be gone. A church without opportunities for the next generation is boring at best and disobedient at worst.
Contrary to the stereotype, most Millennials are not scared off by hard work. In fact, one of the best ways to keep them engaged is to communicate a large vision, worthy of their devotion, and then set high expectations.
This next generation is hungry for leadership, but of the right kind. Church leaders must reach out to Millennials without "selling" them something. They must inspire an older generation to loosen their grip on the methods of yesterday, and think of themselves as missionaries to the world of postmodern people. These leaders must be authoritative without being authoritarian, decisive without being dominant.
This next generation desires to be led. They are willing to follow if given a chance to make a difference. Unify them with other generations. And give them meaningful opportunities to participate in God's work in the world.
—Sam S. Rainer III is president of Rainer Research.
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