When I first started writing this blog little was written about falling church attendance and membership. What was around said, “They will return soon because they know they must.” Millennials are roughly the the group 30 to 45 years old.
Now there is a lot written trying to understand why Christianity in the U.S. is no longer thriving. One theme is that Christians need to invite more new people to their churches and this will turn things around. Then, there is the occasional Christian who sees what is more apparently the truth: A large proportion of millennials simply don’t believe the Bible is the “word of God.” Marketing programs and church invites will not change this.
This is an age when people move from one place to another for jobs. What better way to get acquainted in a new community than to join a church. It might be helpful to portray your church as one where they can fit in even if they are not very interested in its theology.
But, the nature of Christianity makes it hard for some people not to put on their game face. Every new people needs to know why I am right about religion and that other group is not. With millennials it’s probably a good assumption they are not interested in hearing your views on religion.
About 27 churches close each day in the U.S 10,000 a year. The few new ones that open still leave the trend downward.
Since the old message is not working a new one is needed.