Millennials are leaving the Church because they not being given a “cause,” said youth ministry leader Greg Stier.
“I feel like one of the reasons why Millennials are leaving the church is because Millennials are causal. They want a cause,” said Stier, who’s leading the “Reverse” conference tour. “Generally speaking, the Church has failed to give them a cause. Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 says ‘Go and make disciples of all nations;’ ‘I’ll give you a cause.'”
Stier, head of Dare 2 Share Ministries, is currently touring the country to equip thousands of youth to preach the Gospel. His latest stop was in the Washington, D.C. area, where he spoke to The Christian Post about Millennials.
According to a recently released Barna study, only one in five Millennials considered church to have any importance in their lives.
Another recent survey, performed by Pew Research, found that 29 percent of Millennials classify themselves as “religiously unaffiliated.”
In both studies, the Millennial generation was found to consider church less important and more likely to identify as “religiously unaffiliated” than older demographics.
Stier told CP that he believed the Church needs to regain “the cause of Christ, to go and make disciples.” If they do so, said Stier, then churches “will attract more Millennials and every age demographic.”
“The Church has morphed; instead of a mission we’ve turned into just a series of meetings and I think teenagers are looking for more than that,” said the youth ministry head.
The “Reverse” tour kicked off in January. The theme “Reverse” is inspired by Daniel of the Old Testament. Speakers are encouraging youth to “stand when others bow, speak up when others shut up, kneel when others run away . . . to change the world!”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post