Stop Worrying About the Millennials

The cover story in the January/February issue . . . raises timely observations about the faith formation of emerging adults. . . . Andy Root is right to indicate that much of this anxiety is less about the legitimate concerns and fears of millennials than it is the lack of nerve among some mainline and evangelical church leaders. Are we really worried for millennials, or worried about what their anxieties might mean for our future? Are we nervous that if they leave, our churches will become increasingly empty and irrelevant, or are we concerned with their spiritual development and life with God?

Truly caring for 18- [to] 25-year-olds demands that we . . . instead focus upon discipleship. Helping them to navigate this crucial period of life well is an honorable and deeply Christian form of ministry. If we do this well, they will inevitably see the place that the church can play in their ongoing growth and formation. . . .

If there is any real ground for anxiety vis-a-vis the millennials, it should be this: [H]ave we busied ourselves with the task of seeking to “capture” their attention and, in the process, actually failed to teach and proclaim the Word of God?

Mark Husbands
Theology for Common Life blog

A bit convicting and a lot insightful.
Laura Phillips @HippoluATX

Good read. I modified the title: Treat Millennials as People, Not a Demographic.
Joshua Shull @joshisthinking

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