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Millennials Need a Bigger God, Not a Hipper Pastor

You’ve seen the statistics. If you’re in ministry, you’ve probably witnessed the problem firsthand. The Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are leaving the church in droves, and staying away. Approximately 70 percent of those raised in the church disengage from it in their 20s. One-third of Americans under 30 now claim “no religion.”

There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S.—and approximately the same number of suggestions for how to bring them back to church. But most of the proposals I’ve heard fall into two camps.

The first goes something like this:  The church needs to be more hip and relevant. Drop stodgy traditions. Play louder music. Hire pastors with tattoos and fauxhawks. Few come right out and advocate for this approach. But from pastoral search committees to denominational gatherings to popular conferences, a quest for relevance drives the agenda.

Others demand more fundamental change. They insist the church soften its positions on key doctrines and social issues. Our culture is secularizing. Let’s get with the times in order to attract the younger generation, they say. We must abandon supernatural beliefs and restrictive moral teachings. Christianity must “change or die.”

I think both approaches are flawed.

Chasing coolness won’t work. In my experience, churches that try to be cool end up with a pathetic facsimile of what was cool about 10 years ago. And if you’ve got a congregation of businessmen and soccer moms, donning a hip veneer will only make you laughable to the younger generation.

The second tack is worse. Not only will we end up compromising core beliefs, we will shrink our churches as well. The advocates of this approach seem to have missed what happened to mainline liberal churches over the last few decades. Adopting liberal theologies and culturally acceptable beliefs has drastically reduced their numbers while more theologically conservative churches grew.

There is no one silver bullet for bringing Millennials back to church. But here are a few actions to help us reach the next generation more effectively.

Adopt a Different Tone

As the culture has grown more secular, many Christians have struggled to adjust. The church once had pride of place in North American society. Now it seems we’re increasingly getting pushed to the margins. Christian morality is no longer assumed and our beliefs are suddenly considered strange.

This loss of cultural capital has caused many to shout louder in hopes of regaining influence. But adopting a shrill, combative tone only exacerbates the problem. It’s the surest way to alienate outsiders, especially Millennials. Author and historian John Dickson urges Christians to move from a posture of “admonition to mission.” Dickson lives in Australia, a decidedly post-Christian country. In our increasingly secular culture, it’s a lesson we need to take to heart. Let’s stop being shocked when our unbelieving neighbors fail to act like Christians and take a more winsome tone when we communicate the gospel.

Foster Intergenerational Relationships

I’ve read virtually all of the books on Millennials and the church, and I’ve added my own thoughts in Generation Ex-Christian. If there’s one lesson to take away from this corpus of literature, it’s this: intergenerational relationships are crucial. The number one predictive factor as to whether or not a young Christian will retain his or her faith is whether that person has a meaningful relationship with an older Christian.

We’re surprised when even our most ardent young people walk away, but we shouldn’t be. If they didn’t have relationships with older Christians in the congregation, in all likelihood, they’re gone. When they age out of youth group, they age out of the church. Churches must find ways to pair older Christians with teens and to engage Millennials outside the church (many of whom are starving for mentors).

The number one predictive factor as to whether or not a young Christian will retain his or her faith is whether that person has a meaningful relationship with an older Christian.

Present a Bigger God

Many evangelical churches present a one-sided vision of God. We love talking about God’s love, but not his holiness. We stress his immanence, but not his transcendence. How does this affect Millennials? I like the way Millennial blogger Stephen Altrogge puts it in Untamable God.

Why are so many young people leaving the church? I don’t think it’s all that complicated. God seems irrelevant to them. They see God as existing to meet their needs and make them happy. And sure, God can make them feel good, but so can a lot of other things. Making piles of money feels good. Climbing the corporate ladder feels good. Buying a motorcycle and spending days cruising around the country feels good … if God is simply one option on a buffet, why stick with God?

Millennials have a dim view of church. They are highly skeptical of religion. Yet they are still thirsty for transcendence. But when we portray God as a cosmic buddy, we lose them (they have enough friends). When we tell them that God will give them a better marriage and family, it’s white noise (they’re delaying marriage and kids or forgoing them altogether). When we tell them they’re special, we’re merely echoing what educators, coaches, and parents have told them their whole lives. But when we present a ravishing vision of a loving and holy God, it just might get their attention and capture their hearts as well.

I’ll be talking more on this topic at the Aspen Pastors Lunch on August 7, 2014, in Naperville, IL. Join me for a complementary lunch at Maggiano’s and a deeper dive into how churches can convey a compelling vision of God for Millennials, as well as the whole congregation.

Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal and author of Generation X-Christian and Yawning at Tigers, will be the featured speaker at Aspen Group’s Pastors Lunch on August 7, 2014, in Naperville, IL. Reserve your seat now for this complementary event.

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  1. July 29, 2014

    All we need to do is teach the Bible! If the Bible Is taught straight through verse by verse and chapter by chapter, young people will be interested and learn the Bible!

    • August 7, 2014

      AMEN!!!!!

    • March 28, 2015

      No we won’t.

    • July 13, 2016

      What? You have to be kidding. I’ve been following Jesus and going to church faithfully for 45 years. I would be bored to tears if our church taught the Bible from cover to cover. I would be gone before we got to Leviticus. You can’t honestly believe young people would be compelled to come back to church to hear the Bible read and studied from cover to cover.

  2. July 26, 2014

    I’m a millennial who left for many reasons. I was often treated poorly by Christians, which I took to be human nature. But, when I worked at a “Christian” establishment and the only person who was decent to me was the only non-Christian (a gay Wicca) I began to wonder if we really were the goodies and they really were the baddies. As I continued through life, I realized Christianity just didn’t work with what I’d learned and experienced. It didn’t make sense. My SO was pursuing an advanced degree in religious studies and came to the same conclusion. We just could not believe it any more.

    I think a lot of people are realizing the world is much bigger than our culture and religion, and we’re ok with that. I don’t know that there’s anything you’re doing wrong, we’ve just moved on.

    • July 13, 2016

      Dear “Gone”
      I’d like to chat with you further about your post reply here. I am a 60-something, almost 70-something authentic follower of Jesus (not a Christian). I can certainly understand why you left the church. I’m not real happy with how the church fails to respond to Millennials. I am not a youth pastor in disguise, or a cool pastor trying to lure you back into the fold. I would like to understand you and your peers more and engage in some meaningful dialogue about your world view now. I’ve taught Sunday school to kids from elementary to high school students to adults. I am sympathetic to your estimation of church and religion. I just want to talk to you further. You can reach me at stevesaw@gmail.com. I wrote a blog yesterday saying I’m seeking Millennials. I hope we can talk soon.

  3. July 25, 2014

    Very good. I particularly like the concept of presenting the complete nature of God. One thing younger people seem to struggle with is answering the questions presented by today’s secular morality which has a tendency to go something like: “a loving God would never….” If all we ever teach is the (obviously wonderful) love of God, but we shy away from His righteousness and His right as the Creator to order the world according to His will, then we will have no answers for why certain things are wrong. When we soft sell God, we have a very difficult time explaining the nature of sin and the need for salvation. God is love, but His ultimate gift of love is not having a standard that allows each to find happiness in their own way (which is the basis of modern morality). It is in having holy standards and a way for people to seek repentance when we break them. We can not be afraid to preach righteousness and sin. We have to refute the belief that each person is their own standard for right, but there is no reason we have to be combative when we do this. It’s about God, not us.

  4. July 11, 2014

    Great post! I fit into the millennial category, and nothing disappoints me more when visiting a church than to see they are adopting the “change or die” mentality you mentioned.
    Although I’ve never left the church so my perspective may be different from those that have, I don’t want a watered down message. I look for churches with solid Biblical preaching, a focus on outreach and discipleship, service opportunities, and the doctrinal views I hold–not a hipster pastor.

  5. July 11, 2014

    I believe the Church is looking for the Power of God to show up in more vivid ways. When Jesus said his disciples (us) ” Heal the sick, Raise the dead, Cast out demons”… He said this as a command…

    So, although we see some results in praying for the sick, we have probably never seen our prayers raise the dead (yet)… And casting out demons is rarely talked about or even taught in the church…

    — Why make this an issue..? Because the ministry of deliverance (exorcism) brings you face to face with the power of Jesus driving out demons (yes demons) and you are present to hear and see the outcome of His power…

    So, this is one way that you can become acquainted with our “Bigger God” , the One with the Power… Show this to our Millennials..! Tell them that the gospel is “the Power of God unto salvation”, and that is just one aspect of His power… But don’t forget to look at where the Power is being currently demonstrated — and seek it out.

    We need to change the catchy motto from “What Would Jesus Do” — to “Do What Jesus Did”… That requires obtaining His Holy Spirit Power — and using it…!

    • July 11, 2014

      John you make me wonder if the author meant what you are saying. I took his use of the term “transcendence” to either mean talking more about God’s supernatural attributes or experiencing transcendence in the Schopenhauerean meaning of the term through the music of worship.

      If evangelical pastors actually had supernatural powers to heal the sick beyond praying for people who get modern medical care, that would definitely get the millennials’ attention, but the only time a millennial today hears about a faith healing is when the parents are prosecuted for child neglect for relying on it. Perhaps the reason most evangelical’s are cessationalist in doctrine is that the only way to perform these powers is to engage in deception like Mark Haville. And perhaps the reason we don’t see exorcism is because however sinful the millennials are, none of them seem to be demon possessed.

  6. July 10, 2014

    J.D. summed it up. Millenials choose science over religion. I don’t believe science explains everything and is 100 percent correct, but that is the number one reason. After college, millenials simply look at the Bible as another good moral book. They don’t believe it is an accurate recording of the history of the world and its looked at as being changed over the years. that is the number one reason, go to a college campus and that is your answer 9 times out of 10. Just go ask them.

  7. July 8, 2014

    This truth needs to be shared. While training and motivating counselors at Lake Ann Camp I gave emphasis that the challenges of serving the campers are big, we are human but God is big enough to do the humanly impossible. This gave purpose to their life and ministry so they could know they were significant in God’s plan. People without a purpose bigger than themselves will give in to the most excitement of the day. Neither will have an eternal hope.

  8. July 8, 2014

    We have a difficult time distinguishing between the God-designed essence of the Church and man-contrive expressions. Systems and programs are used in an attempt to accomplish true spiritual community, but in reality, the one replaces the other. We define “church” as a place or an event. We find a church. We go to church. We’re entertained, give our 10%, hear a sermon, and then return to our grind. We join a church. We leave a church. I’ve read and believe in what you say, but I believe there’s something more. The essence of the church transcends all boundaries and barriers: socio-economic, cultural, racial, generational. But we have lost sight of the essence. The formats and programs and time slots and masks have clouded our vision. And for many, the Church as we know it has clouded our view of God. We can warn about being hip, but again, we are only focusing on the expression. Hip shouldn’t matter. Church is not a place or an event. It is not a time slot. It is not a small group program, or a worship team. It’s not a club, and it’s definitely not a business. It is a collective body of broken people, incapable of pulling the wool over God’s eyes with our facades of false righteousness — a body held together (and identified) by the intense love each part holds for all the others…a love that is fueled by a clear vision of the immeasurable, incomparable God…a love in which we are safe to confess our sins and failures (rather than hide them)…a love that compels action, even when action is inconvenient or not within our own strengths or skill sets. The Church is life. It cannot be contained by an itinerary, time slot, or physical walls. Granted, it’s difficult to distinguish between essence and expression, but may I suggest that we start by assuming that every component that we associate with church is expression. Strip away all the wrappings…all the makeup that we’ve applied to make the Bride of Christ beautiful, and let’s leave ourselves with nothing…no buildings, no programs…no staff…no offering plates…no worship teams…no pretenses…no red herrings. What does the Church look like then? We can retrieve from our pile any components that truly are the essence. But we must be honest.

    • February 24, 2015

      I often think about this. So much stress is placed on keeping the church running that the essence is forgotten. It seems every small church I attended aspired to build a bigger church. When the bigger church was built most of the pews were empty. Then there is the church “split”…ugh this would be ok if only either side continued to work together. It is more like The Grand Disowning of Former Brethren. I do attend church but my only objective is to worship God with other believers. I do love doing that. My faith is demonstrated out there in the world where it is needed the most.

    • April 1, 2015

      Amen sir 50-something. Amen.

  9. July 8, 2014

    The claim “The number one predictive factor as to whether or not a young Christian will retain his or her faith is whether that person has a meaningful relationship with an older Christian” implies the existence of some research confirming that hypothesis. When I google “factors causing millennials to abandon faith” I get no such study. I do find several studies on this topic from a wide range of organizations such as the Pew Center and Focus on the Family, none of which make this claim.

    Is the author simply guessing? Or is anyone aware of some empirical evidence supporting his claim?

    • July 22, 2014

      Eric,

      This is a good observation. I was thinking the same thing. It begs the question, “How does he know?” I am not saying that he is not correct. It would be nice if he would cite something for his claim.

    • Drew Dyck
      July 28, 2014

      Eric,

      Great question! I made this assertion based on the work of several people, including David Kinnaman, Mark Devries, and Christian Smith. But a recent study from Fuller Youth Institute highlights it nicely. They did a longitudinal study of 500 youth group graduates, looked at 13 different youth group participation variables (i.e., service/justice work, student leadership, Sunday school). The one most correlated with mature faith in both high school and college was intergenerational worship and relationships.

      There is also this from an older Barna Group study. Here’s Kinnaman recap of the findings: “When comparing twentysomethings who remained active in their faith beyond high school and twentysomethings who dropped out of church, the Barna study uncovered a significant difference between the two. Those who stay were twice as likely to have a close personal friendship with an adult inside the church (59% of those who stayed report such a friendship versus 31% among those who are no longer active). The same pattern is evident among more intentional relationships such as mentoring—28% of Millennials who stay had an adult mentor at the church other than their pastor, compared to 11% of dropouts who say the same. The most positive church experiences among Millennials are relational. This stands true from the inverse angle as well: Seven out of 10 Millennials who dropped out of church did not have a close friendship with an adult and nearly nine out of ten never had a mentor at the church.”

      • July 28, 2014

        Drew, thank you very much.

        It sounds like the longitudinal study you are referring to is the College Transition Project, which formed the quantitative basis of Fuller’s “Sticky Faith” products which make a similar claim regarding college students rather than generalizing for all millennials. Maybe I don’t know where to look, but it appears to not have been published in a peer reviewed journal. I shot Kara Powell an email asking where I can find the details of the study, but perhaps you know?

        It is unclear why you refer to the Barna study as older. (Is there a newer?) It appears to be no older than the College Transition Project, that is if you are referring to Barna’s Faith that Lasts Project. Both of these studies were begun in 2007 before the sudden spike in “nones” that Pew found recently, so perhaps they might be unable to account for recent developments.

        David Kinnaman published the findings of the Faith that Lasts Project in the 2011 book “You Lost Me” where he makes no claim that the number one predictor that a millennial will retain childhood faith is the presence of an inter-generational relationship with another Christian. Indeed to the extend he attempts to make a causal argument at all, it’s in the seven chapters he devotes to identifying why millenials leave the church, not the single paragraph in chapter one where he talks about inter-generational relationships. Perhaps that is why when I googled “factors causing millennials to abandon faith” I found blogs quoting those factors rather than the one you cite.

        I went ahead and shot an email to David as well, asking him what the correlation of the coefficient was for inter-generational relationship as an independent variable in the case that he actually ran a regression of the data in that way which would be the only way to start constructing a statistically valid case.

        I really wish the math of the research was more transparent, but I am particularly concerned about the way you just now presented a single quote from a Barna blog while editing out an important scientific warning without inserting ellipses to warn the reader you were editing something out. You omitted: “Kinnaman is quick to point out the limitations of such a study: ‘It’s important for anyone who uses research to realize correlation does not equal causation.'” That is probably the most important sentence in the entire blog post. Why did you edit it out and omit ellipses?

        What research by Mark Devries and Christian Smith are you referring to?

  10. July 7, 2014

    good article! I agree with a lot of the reasons on why the modern church drives away this generation. I do disagree with his first solution though. I dont want to hear about the gospel from my neighbor. Have you ever had someone quote scripture to you to prove a point and you quote back a retaliation and they’re left speechless? If the goal is to bring back life long church goers I dont think treating them as newcomers is the answer.
    I disagree with “presenting” God a certain way as well. if that is done all aspects should be presented, so that a person can view the full aspect of who God is. God being “Holy” was never of great interest to me. I was always captivated by his power. That he can form mountains, bring an entire nation to their knees, and decides life and death for every living being on earth. The fact that he has such immense power and still chooses to love me is what brings me close to him. If i was only told about how holy and loving God is I would have missed that.
    The biggest reason I stopped going to church was it no longer challenged my relationship or my ideas. I dont want to simply listen to someone else’s opinion on the bible, I want to discuss it and share my opinion.

  11. July 7, 2014

    Hey Drew

    Just wanted to say good article, I’m one of the elders and pastors of a church in the UK and about 30-40% of our 400 strong congregation is between 18-30.

    We have found that fathering (mums and dads) the next generation is absolutely vital and mentoring movements are key. Alongside that giving the next generation a Kingdom vision to die for is vital, getting them passionate about the lost, the community and the bride of Christ.

    Equipping and leadership development has been vital for growth and not just running programmes but genuinely investing the next generation.

    God has grown the church we are part of from a handful of people to over 400 in around 10 years and we haven’t adopted any models or programmes just developed a kingdom culture of spiritual fathering, developing leaders and equipping people to do Gods work.

    Hope that encourages your message and trust for breakthrough in all you do.

    Have a great day
    Dan

    • July 25, 2014

      Dan I think you are onto something. Love them, care for them, discipline them, teach them the TRUTH(according to GOD’s WORD). Wow! Raise them up in the way they should go. Wonder were that came from?
      Works doesn’t it?

  12. July 6, 2014

    It’s not about a “bigger God”. It’s about evidence and you just can’t meet the burden of proof.

    • July 8, 2014

      If you were correct, J.D., Millennials would not be spiritual…but they are. If you were correct, no one would be part of the church…and yet, 1/3 of the world’s population is.

      We may not be able to “prove” God to you, but neither can you disprove Him. While I’m sure there are some Millennials who’d echo your sentiment, it’s by no means all of them, and this article isn’t addressing that issue.

      • July 9, 2014

        Steve, based off your last sentence, it seems you and JD are actually in agreement. He made no claims about the motivations of all millennials here or abroad, nor did the article. The topic at hand is how to address the reality that this cohort of Americans is rejecting the Christian faith like no other generation before them has and trending further in this direction. These could very well be what you refer to as “some Millennials who’d echo [JD’s] sentiment.”

        If proof is what these young people are looking for, JD has a valid point, that emphasizing God’s transcendence more will unlikely have much of an effect on their choice of belief. These millenials might simply represent a convergence of American culture with that of Western Europe. It’s not clear that emphasizing a bigger God would have stemmed the tide secularization there either.

        • July 25, 2014

          There is only one reason people are not turning to God and that is we are sinners in need of a savior .
          You talk about millennials as if they are some special enlightened group that has figured out something new. Most of this age group reject authority when they were growing up and don’t accept authority now.
          God is authority and requires our obedience to accomplish His work in us.
          Millennials aren’t some special group that need catering to they need the gospel preached the same way those who heard John.the Baptist bring it in his day and Billy Graham brought in his day. Its not the messenger or the delivery it is the gospel coupled with the Holy Spirit that brings us to God.
          Millennials aren’t any different my generation or any other. They turn away because they are selfish and self centered. Same as I was 40 yrs. ago. Church isn’t there for me. I’m there for Church. If you are a truly saved christian you better figure out that your are a member of the body of Christ and quit quibbling over what you want and be obedient to what God wants. Oh No I’ve probably stepped in it now!!!

          • July 25, 2014

            Oh and Gods not going to prove anything to you or me. He already did His work for us on the cross!!! If millennials need proof I hope they learn the bible teaches by faith we are saved!

          • July 27, 2014

            Great answer! And a Biblical one too, which we should expect from a guy who goes by “fundamentalist 1.” Essentially, you’re saying Churches ought not change anything to be more attractive to millennials. There is an underlying assumption in your comment that once they mature, this generation will gravitate to the Church.

            But consider the context for this article and the business its author is in. This is essentially a plug for consulting services to pastors on how to drum up more business. If pastors could rely on providence alone, in an Ephesians 1:4,5 sort of way, there would be little need for expensive seminars and travel expense accounts for church staff. Pastors have families to feed and retirement accounts to fund.

            Something Drew and the pastors who make it out to his seminar next month recognize however, that perhaps you do not, is that this generation is rejecting faith like none other that came before it in American history. No doubt folks whose livelihood depends on growing a new base of tythers have taken notice to the unprecedented secularization of this cohort of Americans. Perhaps this is all just God’s will, but as the ratio of aspiring full-time church staff to tythers gets tighter, perhaps God’s will will send many seminary graduates back to tent making, and they would rather change the church to meet the consumption preferences of this target market before they are forced to go back to their day jobs.

  13. July 6, 2014

    As a christian I agree with this 100 percent. AA and NA assign mentors to their clients. Now show me in our churches where there is a plentiful supply of older christians to mentor. Their not there!

  14. July 5, 2014

    A few comments:

    1. I completely agree with proclaiming God in all His infinite holiness. God is holy and huge and should be proclaimed as such.

    2. I’m a pastor who preaches in jeans, has 2 tattoos, and preaches in a common vernacular (no cussing). This has nothing to do with me trying to be hip; it has everything to do with me being me. Millennials aren’t looking for cool, hip people; they’re looking for authentic ones. The problem with so many today is you have people who have never been hip a day in their lives trying to act as if they suddenly are. Just be who you are. Quit acting religious and quit acting cool. Millennials see through both.

    3. There is tremendous value in hooking Millennials up with older, more mature Christians. But from my experience, it’s not the Millennials who run from this; it’s the older, more “mature” Christians. Some are unwilling to change ministry methods. Others can’t deal with the sinful mess that makes up the lives of so many people in the younger generations. But I think this legalistic avoidance is closely connected with the preaching of a bigger God. When God is small and predictable, we easily view ourselves as righteous and pious, and the Millennials as unclean and “bad.” When God is constantly proclaimed in His infinite holiness, we then can comprehend our own wretchedness, and that our only hope is grace. The gospel enables us to view Millennials in the same light as we see ourselves. And it motivates older believers to connect with Millennials and patiently endure with them.

    So basically we need to be exactly who we are and proclaim God to be exactly as He is. The problem now is we have too many inauthentic, hypocritical people, preaching a type of god who has never existed.

  15. July 5, 2014

    I think you have it exactly right.

    Preach the law (and hard…not to make better, but to kill)…and then hand over Christ for the ungodly (everyone there including the preacher.

    Thanks, so much.

  16. July 5, 2014

    Excellent!! I’m one of the “oldsters” and your article expresses what I’ve been burdened about for quite a while. I pray that the millennial pastors in our church would be open to hearing this. Thank you.

  17. July 4, 2014

    With Millennials, there is no one size that fits all. Being hip isn’t what they are looking for. Being genuine and real attracts. Keep congregations intimate and relational.

  18. July 4, 2014

    This post is very well thought out and I think pretty much straight on target.

    I am 26 so I fit in the age group but have not left the church (don’t attend that often but still feel I have a church home). I have been very fortunate to find a church very much like what you have described. Sometimes I will attend other churches or listen to sermons online and usually come away feeling like I’ve simply been read guidlines to living a good Christian life. Then I attend my home church and listen to my pastor talk about a big, powerful, loving, holy God and I remember why I have faith and attend church.

    Another thing I would like to add to your point is that I also believe that church’s should make more room for doubt and questions. I believe God is bigger than our fears and doubts and I think approaching these things in honesty is important for church health.

    I often think of Job. He questioned how to live and how God “worked.” And God replied with a booming display of His wonder and power. I feel as though God was telling Job that all needed was Him and the truth of who He is.

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  23. […] The title of this article by Drew Dyck says it all – “Millenials Need A Bigger God, Not A Hipper Pastor.” That goes for everybody, too. You can read the article here. […]

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