The previous generations sang songs of permanence and trust in our structures, like “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” This one gushes over songs about restoring broken relationships and identity, like “You’re a good, good father and I’m loved by you. It’s who I am.”
Neither is wrong. They just have different needs and ways of expressing them.
Now that we have some idea of why millennials are different, maybe we can start talking about how to do better ministry with them. Note: ministry must happen with them, not to them or for them.
I take a look at some of those principles in my follow-up post, Ministering to Millennials by Leveraging the Relational Power of Healthy Churches.
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