A study of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2015 and 2016 found that it is one of many music festivals that have served as a major gathering place for young adults who identify as spiritual but not religious. Out of those surveyed, 76% shared that there is a shared spiritual energy at the event, a finding that is likely based on the sense of unity that arises from dancing to music in a crowd.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Young adults are very interested in spirituality, community, and gathering together with those who share their values.
- Values: Young adults value music and community, but do they sometimes struggle to find both in the churches they attend?
- Drawbacks: What are the problems or dangers of young adults seeking spiritual connections at musical events?
- Music: If music plays a vital role in our spirituality, how does that impact the place of music in your church? Should it?
Are there reasons why spiritually oriented young adults find church too constricting?
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