Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’

THE WASHINGTON POST
By Rachel Held Evans
(John Jay Cubuay/for The Washington Post)
Church attendance has plummeted among young adults. In the United States, 59 percent of people ages 18 to 29 with a Christian background have, at some point, dropped out. In response, many churches have sought to lure millennials back by focusing on style points: cooler bands, hipper worship, edgier programming, impressive technology. Recent research from Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network found that 67 percent of millennials prefer a “classic” church over a “trendy” one, and 77 percent would choose a “sanctuary” over an “auditorium.” [link]