For many North Carolinians, Sunday mornings and church go hand in hand. But times are changing.
Church attendance has steadily declined over the last decade. One group in particular is leaving at what some believe is an alarming rate: Millennials.
Church leaders around the country and right here in the Triad are working to stop the bleeding.
“Right now I’m religious and spiritual,” said Jamel Womack, a Millennial. “I won’t say I’m in limbo but just praying about some things and seeking some guidance.”
Jamel Womack is part of a group that is growing by the year.
According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Americans attended a religious service weekly in 2008. That number dropped to 38% last year. One study looked at Millennials specifically and found only two out of 10 believe church attendance is important.
“Generationally, I think Millennials, we have a distrust of big institutions and the church — the big ‘C’ Church — has gotten a lot of things wrong lately,” said Johnathan Enoch.
“I think the reason why people are, especially my age, are leaving church is because people are not honest enough,” added Rochelle Mesubed. “There are too many cliques, and at the same time people don’t want to tell the truth.”
For this story, we created a survey for Millennials to share their experiences.
One respondent said she was closely connected to church when she was younger, but she became an atheist when she started college. She researched all religions and they boiled down to indoctrinating you to believe in an imaginary sky being and she came to the understanding that people just need religion to tell them right from wrong.
Another says he loves Jesus and identifies as a Christian but doesn’t necessarily agree with all the things the church has taught us we had to also believe if we wanted Jesus. He went on to say many people, especially Millennials, have rejected cookie-cutter Christianity and are looking for transparency and authenticity.
And another says she was connected to a faith community a great deal when was younger, but she stepped away because of judgment and rigid ideologies.
She says she feels the “Christian” label comes with so much negative connotation and she doesn’t believe everything they believe. She said she attends her childhood church sometimes because she misses the people, but she doesn’t go to be fed. She has her own beliefs and the church doesn’t line up with them.
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SOURCE: MyFox8, Tracy Clemons