What do young adults want in a church? Young adults, or Millennials are those age 30 and under who in recent years have not been finding a home in church. A young author discusses the factors that attract and repel young adulys from today’s church. Some of the issues and facts on the matter may surprise you! Millennials aren’t always looking for trendy but rather traditional
Not All Millennials Want a Trendy Church, Says Young Christian Author
Millennials are not necessarily inclined to attend a church that mixes sacred tradition with secular trends, says Christian writer and author Andrea Palpant Dilley.
Dilley, who is familiar with being a member at both a mainline Presbyterian church and a modern, non-denominational congregation, advises churches to carefully consider their outreach strategies when trying to attract young adults.
“Across America today, thousands of clergy and congregations—even entire denominations—are running scared, desperately trying to convince their youth that faith and church are culturally relevant, forward-looking and alive … proceed with caution …with thoughtfulness and deliberation. What young people say we want in our 20s is not necessarily what we want 10 years later,” writes Dilley on ChurchLeaders.com
While the number of Americans under 30 who do not identify with any religion continues to increase, according to a Pew Research report, Dilley argues that there are millennials who do care about being in traditional churches over much trendier congregations that embrace an “unchurchy” feel.
She notes that modern churches are effective in luring in young adults, especially those who would never step foot in a church. Oftentimes, young adults complain about church politics, wanting authenticity and openness and they demand a particular worship aesthetic, she says.
While congregations tend to make changes to cater to those demands, Dilley says being trendy may not always be the answer. People generally want to find God in a church that has substance and tradition, she notes.
Read the complete story about Millennials and Church at The Christian Post.
Post your comments below.