The message of the organized church doesn’t seem to be sitting to well with many Emerging Adults. Many emerging adults are exiting the church at record numbers – creating what I call the Millennial Exodus.
I believe that if we want to see a reversal of this trend, then we will need to change our message. No, I am not talking about watering down the gospel or avoiding the today’s tough topics. The church needs to send a different message to Emerging Adults.
The main messages that emerging adults hear from the church is that their generation.
- Are selfish and narcissistic.
- Are too techy (which is usually described as weird and unhealthy).
- Are leaving the church.
- Are endangering the future of the church.
- Are too young to really lead.
These words may not have been spoken from the platform, or printed in the bulletin; however, the message is loud and clear to them. They know it well because they have heard these messages while sitting in your faith classes and in your pews on Sunday mornings.
What is a better message to send to emerging adults? Here is a great example from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
There is a need for denominations and churches to send a different message to emerging adults. This message should be well-crafted, simple, and repetitive.
Leave a comment of what you feel needs to be said to today’s emerging adults.
Dr. G. David Boyd is the managing director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to engage emerging adults. He is also the founder of the EA Network, a community of people who serve and love emerging adults.