There is a lot of conversation lately on the importance of the Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y. And this conversation is an extremely critical one for church leaders to engage in—and understand—in order to effectively reach the Millennials in their communities.
After all, this generation is not like any other. With birth years spanning the early 1980’s through the early 2000’s, the Millennials have been raised in a time of widening educational opportunities, increased global awareness, and accelerated technological advancement, including the rise of virtual communities through a multitude of social networking sites. No other generation has experienced such a rapidly-changing world, or the opportunities and challenges such dramatic changes present.
Another trait of the Millennial generation, and one that is of utmost importance to pastors and lay leaders, is found in a recently published article on inc.com, which states that Millennials “Remain detached from institutions…” And unfortunately, according to recent research, this detachment also extends to the Church.
For example, in 2014, 75 percent of all Americans identified themselves as Christians, while only 15 percent of Millennials stated faith in Christ.
This number is not only staggering…it is sobering. Even though churches are clearly visible and easily accessible in essentially every town and city in America, Millennials walk on by. And it isn’t necessarily because they are hostile, it’s that they are “indifferent” and unengaged with any faith community.
In this same research, the authors (Thom and Jess Rainer, a father and son team) found something encouraging; something that we believe is an essential trait when seeking ways to engage this generation. Below is a quote from Jess Rainer when interviewed by The Gospel Coalition regarding their book, The Milllennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation:
“Churches need to understand that they are not on the radar of non-Christian Millennials. It will take an intentional effort to reach our generation.
A great place to start to reach non-Christian Millennials is to simply invite them. When asked, these Millennials will attend church with a friend.”
Pure Flix agrees. We have seen the power of inviting non-Christians to Movie Night at the Church, particularly as an outreach effort. In fact, we have made it our mission to support you with quality, thought-provoking, faith-based films that you can license for Movie Night at the Church as you engage your community for Christ.
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