Twitter tends to just be a pit of terrible political debate, fake news of some sort, memes or various bits of useless information. But if you find the right people to follow you can really find some great things. Enter this moment by pastor, blogger & author Jarrid Wilson where he starts to talk about about young people and the church. I think we can all take away something of value from these Tweets as he shares a lot of value here that we at Post Church agree with. Here they are:
In regards to church, the next generation isn’t looking for fancy buildings & new technology; they’re looking for authenticity & community.— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) November 1, 2017
And contrary to popular belief, young people have money; they’re just not going to hand over the little they have because a pastor said so.— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) November 1, 2017
Young people don’t just want their money going to bigger buildings; they want it to directly affect the least of these locally & globally.— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) November 1, 2017
Young people believe in the local church and want to see it expand, but they’re also highly cause-focused and want to see tangible change.— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) November 1, 2017
View the rest of the Twitter thread here.
We have said quite a few times that young people don't care about your buildings, slideshows, great programming or even your modern worship music. Millennials are looking for churches that foster authentic community, connect them to the greater good they are doing and transparently show them where the money they give is going. Millennials don't go to church out of conviction or duty. They don't see that as a relevant reason to go, and they don't see what the church is doing as a good use of funds, time or commitment.
Now keep in mind, I'm not talking about the committed churchgoers. The ones that never miss a Sunday, and if they did they would feel awful. I'm talking about the people that know Jesus but don't feel like the church cares about what they care about. So instead they are finding other ways to connect, belong and serve.
"We truly believe when the church starts to care about the things the next generation cares about, we will see a generation returning, not leaving the church."
We truly believe when the church starts to care about the things the next generation cares about, we will see a generation returning, not leaving the church. What that will take though is a new way of churches looking at Millennials and a new way of looking at the church as a whole. Millennials are not looking for a church "experience" but rather they are looking to make a real change in the world and be in community with other believers.