Do the Millennials Even Care About God?
Here's how I addressed this question in my book, The Grasshopper Myth.
Small groups, small churches and "book clubs with soul" (I just love that last one).
What's going on here? Can we really take these anecdotal stories as an indication of a trend?
I think so. Because the evidence is coming in to back it up.
In a recent poll by the highly-respected Pew Forum, they found what everyone has suspected. Millennials attend church less often than their parents.
But that's not all. "Among millennials who are affiliated with a religion, however, the intensity of their religious affiliation is as strong today as among previous generations when they were young." (emphasis theirs)
So, fewer of them attend religious services, but among those who do, their faith is as strong as ever. And that dedication is likely to grow, as it typically does when you find yourself in the minority.
Which means what? Everyone has their own interpretation, of course. Here's mine.
It's Time to Lead
Churches follow trends as much anyone. Usually about 20 years behind.
But it doesn't have to be that way. We can lead.
Not in a "look how cool they are" way, or a "look how smart they are" way. But in a "look how they love one another" way.