We long to create categories in ministry, but “Millennials aren’t really a thing. We made them up” says Karl Vaters. This is why any ministry targeted at them must view them as a group with which no “one size fits all” strategy will work. We must also keep in mind that many of the relationships that worked for their parents are now broken and unstable.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Karl Vaters shows Pastors that the term Millennials is most useful for those who aren’t in the group, and that reach them, we cannot replicate our parent’s churches.
- Millennials are the future of any organization:If we fail to step into the shoes of the next generation, we will be unable to sustain our ministries.
- Authenticity benefits everyone:When we bring our real selves to church and accept the same from others, everyone wins.
- A change to get creative:The one-size-fits all model is a thing of the past, so now is your chance to see your community and implement your unique spiritual gifts.
What is your ministry willing to change or try to welcome millennials?
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