Is Your Congregation Making a Cultural Commute?

One minister suggests that asking how to get young people back to church is the wrong question. He prefers to focus on why they left in the first place. He has found that too many are alienated from church culture and don’t feel like they belong. Before trying to get young people back to church, reach out to them and give them ways to make it easier to relate to the church without putting up a “relevant” facade. Young adults need pastors to make cultural commutes to them just as previous generations felt connected with the church because they were all on the same cultural page.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Don’t assume that young people relate to your church or that they would want to attend in the first place if you aren’t speaking to their assumptions about Christianity.

  • Cultural Commutes: There are generation gaps in the church, and multi-generational churches will only thrive when established generations welcome younger ones.
  • Discipleship Matters: This Lutheran pastor’s article highlights the ways that millennials appreciate his teachings about the significance of baptism, offering an encouraging sign that young adults are open to learning and discipling.
  • Assumptions Matter:We all have assumptions about church and about other generations, and until we can address the assumptions of young adults about the relevance of church, they may continue to fall off.

What kinds of conversations can you have across generations to help bridge these gaps?

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