Hostile Media and Celebrities
Smaller, Delayed Families
Lack of Answers
Age is not the only thing that keeps millennials feeling unwelcome. Many millennials have questions or doubts about their faith. These are the people who need a church community the most. Some churches, however, give off the feeling that every member of the congregation has perfect faith or that those who struggle with their beliefs are looked down upon and pitied. Millennials are a prideful group, and most would rather hit the streets than be given sad smiles every Sunday morning.
Millennials are leaving organized religion at an alarming rate, but too many churches are simply expecting millennials to come back on their own. Instead, churches need to recognize what the problems are and do what they can to fix them. Host events specifically for Christian singles to help draw in those that are unmarried. Make sure that millennials are made to feel at home. Welcome the difficult questions as a way to open a dialogue instead of seeing them as a challenge to authority. Understand that there is far more than politics that is making millennials hesitate to walk through church doors.