Why You Should Listen to Millennials in Your Church

Derek Rishmawy | June 23, 2017

I feel bad for churches and older leaders trying to get a handle on reaching Millennials. One of the main things recent literature tells churches to do is “listen” to Millennials.

But that can be fairly confusing.

For instance, one clear message we’ve heard for years from experts and Millennial leaders is that the church has gotten “too political.” By marrying the church to political causes and parties, we’ve turned off younger Christians to the gospel. They see it as just another ideology. Okay. Check. “Chill on the political stuff, and stick to the gospel.”

Then the 2016 election cycle happened. Suddenly, it’s clear that “political silence is complicity.” Those same experts (voices of a generation) assure us Millennials will not be satisfied with churches that stay on the sidelines in the face of injustice.

So which is it? Be political or not?

Or maybe Millennials are figuring out what they really wanted was different politics, but politics nonetheless?

It’s tempting to think of Jesus’s quip about the fickleness of his own generation: “They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge…

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