Many people are pessimistic about Millennials, but I believe the next generation is poised to transform the culture (and the world) for the good. For many churches and leaders, however, Millennials are (to borrow from Winston Churchill) “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Someone passed this article along to me this past week. I believe that Frank Powell and I share an optimistic view of the future, and similar viewpoints. I hope that one day he is traveling through Indiana (Our state is called the “Crossroads of America” for a reason!), and I can buy him a cup of that black coffee that he likes.
While I agreed with most of Frank’s points, one statement that I would slightly disagree with is, “Some churches and leaders don’t see the value of changing to reach this generation, but once they realize this mentality is wrong it will be too late.” I actually believe it would be difficult (if not impossible) to find someone who doesn’t care about the Millennial generation. However, churches do not know how to reach Millennials, and do not understand emerging adulthood. Their lack of understanding often leads churches to fear and isolation.
This is why EA Resources exists. If I can equip your church to minister to emerging adults, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some additional articles about Millennials and the church:
- The Millennial Exodus – Is the future of the church at stake?
- The Millennial Exodus
- The Millennial Exodus – Adding my voice to the conversation
- Pew Research