Recapture the generation that checked out of church.
1. Create opportunities for intergenerational mentoring. Intergenerational connections are vital to a healthy, apostolic church. “The old dream and the young see visions!”
2. Be authentic, without dismissing the importance of credible Christian models.
3. Be a compassionate community – expressing the love of Christ outside the walls of the sanctuary.
4. Foster a culture of care for others by members.
5. Develop a team of leaders, plurality.
6. Make ministry in the marketplace as important as traditional church campus ministry.
7. Allow questions – about culture and Christianity.
8. Increase appreciation of Biblical truth, convictions on moral issues, as a partner to love – and the right of God to define truth – as both Creator (He knows us better than ourselves), Sovereign (He is Lord), and Savior (He loves us).
9. Patiently teach truth! Remember, Millennials tend to allow their compassion to eclipse and cloud truth. They have been baptized in relativism.
10. The great appeal is to God’s Presence – not to programs and logos, not to the preservation of the institution or its traditions. They are looking for new wine, and that requires a new wineskin.
11. Empower Millennials to reach Millennials. Ninety percent of unchurched Millennials have a friend who goes to church, and 89 percent, say, they would listen if that friend shared Christian beliefs with them.
12. Start small groups focused for Millennials, off campus, if possible. Start with interest options. Move to short-term studies – no more than three to four sessions. Let the learning evolve. Forty percent of Millennials say they would join such a small group to learn more about the Bible. Keep it informal, open to questions.
The blog is an excerpt from the upcoming book by P. Douglas Small, Millennials: The Young Adult Harvest That We Dare Not Miss.Pre-order your copy today>