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Where Do Millennials Attend Church?
The Aquila Report ^ | June 26, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari

Posted on 06/26/2014 5:40:23 AM PDT by Gamecock

The nation’s capital is filled with huge, sanctuaries waving rainbow-colored banners outside proclaiming the congregations’ affirmation of homosexual lifestyles. Yet they are, largely, empty on Sunday mornings. On the other hand, new conservative churches-some with liturgy and others with praise bands-are busting at the seams with Millennial attendants. Trying to uncover the reason for this disconnect between affirming liberal churches and welcoming conservative churches, IRD is interviewing pastors of these new conservative churches. Our biggest question raised to each pastor is, “How do you balance traditional Christian teaching with a youth culture?”

In case you missed it, there is a hilarious Tumblr blog floating the web that depicts “Why Millennials Don’t Go to Church” in LOLCat format. One picture featured twirling cats and the words, “We can haz liturgical dance to attract the youngz” and another showed a cat lounging on top of a guitar asking, “Maybe u would like a praise band?”

OK, I realize that you might not be laughing, but I sure was. While some might consider the format utterly ridiculous, it is undeniable that these silly pictures’ messages capture a hunk of truth. Christian denominations are trying to crack the code when it comes to attracting Millennials to their congregations. But as recent news suggests, the successful formula has little to do with popular Christian trends.

This week I learned that the church denomination I was raised in, Assemblies of God, is booming. According to an Assemblies of God (AG) press release, denominational membership increased 1.4 percent to 1,805,381 and major worship service attendance grew 2.0 percent to 1,918,686. More hopeful is that Millennials encompass of 21 percent of growth over the last decade.

Keep in mind the Assemblies of God tradition is not known for bending conviction to culture for the sake of attendance. Believe me, the AG is anything but squishy on hot topic issues like same-sex “marriage” and abortion.

Many liberals among the Religious elite would prescribe the AG denomination to that harsh “fundamentalist” category. Remember back in the spring when World Vision made its flippant choice to embrace employee’s same-sex “marriages” and later reversing the decision after contributors expressed their outrage? It was the Assemblies of God General Superintendent, George O. Wood, who encouraged AG members to “begin gradually shifting their support…to Assemblies of God World Missions, and other Pentecostal and evangelical charities that maintain biblical standards of sexual morality.”

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TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: christians; church; evangelicals; millenials; trends
“How do you balance traditional Christian teaching with a youth culture?"

I suppose by combining the following two passages:

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

1 Corinthians 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

1 posted on 06/26/2014 5:40:23 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

The plain fact of the matter is that no matter if you DO THAT ... it’s not going to work. Faith on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is waning and will continue to wane. And that is what is going to provide the open door for the Anti-Christ to come on the scene.

SO ... continue doing that for the FEWER AND FEWER who will come and don’t be disappointed when you see that.

When the Messiah of a Israel arrives ... he will kill and get rid of all those people who won’t have anything to do with him!


2 posted on 06/26/2014 5:53:31 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Gamecock

John 6
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”


3 posted on 06/26/2014 6:03:26 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Gamecock

“Where do millennials Attend Church?”

They don’t - they are at home ‘churching themselves’ every Sunday along with their parents.

For the Greater Glory of God


4 posted on 06/26/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: Gamecock

They attend Church? Never seen a one of ‘em.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 6:04:52 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: All

Liberals never seem to understand that actions have consequences, they think they can change something, yet everything else will continue as it had before. They are consistently shocked by consequences. This applies to tax law, to foreign policy, and any number of other categories.

If you “reform” a church to the point that it no longer follows Christian doctrine, don’t be surprised if folks stop coming. LOL!


6 posted on 06/26/2014 6:09:09 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: RIghtwardHo

There are plenty of millennials at my Scripturally solid church.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 6:12:38 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Star Traveler
Where Do Millennials Attend Church?

Surely you speak in jest oh travelling clown.


8 posted on 06/26/2014 6:14:00 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Star Traveler

So maybe we should just focus on preaching the Word of God.


9 posted on 06/26/2014 6:14:28 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

That part is true ... and thus the point would be to NOT change the preaching of the word despite the decline which will continue. The problem is not with “the Word of God” ... it’s with the people of today.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 6:19:22 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Is a Millennial someone in their 20’s? We have those at our church, which is a conservative fundamental Baptist church. However, it is like clockwork: they graduate high school, go to military or college, stop going to church. I believe this is a function of several things, but mostly the “Youth Culture” in our churches.

http://vimeo.com/26098320


11 posted on 06/26/2014 6:20:15 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Star Traveler

It’s almost as though they can’t endure sound doctrine.


12 posted on 06/26/2014 6:26:46 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Come to my church, you’ll see a bunch there.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 6:30:48 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

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14 posted on 06/26/2014 6:56:31 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: demshateGod

That has been going on for ages.

Then they get married, have kids, and start going to church.

My old high schoolmates on Facebook show that trend. Some of the hardest partyers are now posting all sorts of things about church (some have emailed me that they are trying to repent).


15 posted on 06/26/2014 6:58:08 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Gamecock

About 100 millenials received the Sacrament of Confirmation at our parish this Spring. I don’t know how many are really going to be devout as they mature, but I’m guessing about 30. They will do so because they had a chance to discover prayer, in the form of adoration of the Eucharist, and because they feel they are a part of the parish community, I think. I wish they did so because they were knowledgeable about the Bible, but that will be a product of their interest, not the cause. (Unfortunately, the weekly teen Bible study starts after Confirmation, not before.)


16 posted on 06/26/2014 7:01:10 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Gunpowder green

What changes Liberals now make can be furthered based on the precedents already established in making the original changes - this is the rule of law or consequences. Therefore, it is possible to push the envelop beyond what liberals conceived when fighting for their “current” changes; by being advocates of pushing the change beyond their goals, it can nullify their gains and give them pause to seeking Laws for Changes.


17 posted on 06/26/2014 7:05:31 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: Jumper

Gotta move that Overton Window back a few notches!


18 posted on 06/26/2014 7:11:44 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: Star Traveler
... it’s not going to work. Faith on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is waning and will continue to wane. And that is what is going to provide the open door for the Anti-Christ to come on the scene.

While that may be true, we can still save many and STILL be in the minority, due to the burgeoning world population that will increasingly fall under the domination of the tyrannist. So keep trying to save souls, even to a shrinking demographic, so that you will fare well at Judgment.

You've heard that old story about a man walking on a beach filled with hundreds of stranded starfish who were left behind when the tide ebbed, to die a miserable death baking in the sun. He sees a boy effortfully throwing some of them back, one at a time.

"Why are you bothering?" he says to the boy. "There are so many, you can't possibly make a difference!"

"I can make a difference to this one," replied the boy, throwing another one back.

19 posted on 06/26/2014 8:20:52 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

That’s true ... but while doing this people just have to realize that the problem is not the message - in terms of the continually waning numbers - but it’s the people who are receiving or not receiving the message.

So, don’t say, “No one is coming to church; we’ve got to change the message of the Word of God!” Just realize that fewer and fewer are going to come.


20 posted on 06/26/2014 8:26:50 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

No one knows the day or the hour.

And I don’t think you understood my post. In real numbers, as other countries are taken over by non-Christian ideologies, all Western countries could return to Christianity and have full churches, and still be outnumbered globally. It’s the full churches in our countries that should matter to us. So we should continue to spread the gospel.


21 posted on 06/26/2014 11:54:51 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

Continue spreading the word of the Gospel from the Bible ... but in doing so just realize you’re not going to have those full churches anymore (across the board), because people here are not accepting it. The acceptance is waning, and that fits right into what is coming soon, with the Anti-Christ.

What you see in Europe with the churches is coming here. A lot of churches will be repurposed into “who knows what.”


22 posted on 06/26/2014 12:06:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

You continue to insist that you know the day and the hour. Open your mind and don’t give up now. You are not in charge of when the anti-Christ will arrive.


23 posted on 06/26/2014 12:18:00 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

I’m not pinning down a time, but I am certainly pinning down the “signs of the time”. In the same manner as those people in Jesus’ day were held responsible to know that the time of their visitation was at hand, we are going to be held responsible for knowing the time of our visitation is at hand.

Luke 19:41-44

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,

44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Matthew 24:32-34

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!

34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

We will NOT be given any special sign like the Pharisees and Saddicees asked for - but we will be expected to recognize the “signs of the times” ...

Matthew 16:1-4

1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.

2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;

3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

— — — — —

Here in Oklahoma, we know a thunderstorm is coming (much of the time, anyway) - but we don’t always know exactly when.

What we do know is that it’s not coming next month or next year ... LOL ...

SO ... we recognize it’s coming, because we can read the signs ... and we know it’s not coming ten years from now — BUT SOON ... we just don’t know “exactly” how soon ... :-) ...

That’s why Jesus used the example of the weather for recognizing the time of his coming — in Oklahoma we know exactly what Jesus was talking about!


24 posted on 06/26/2014 12:34:44 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

The earliest Christians who lived in the Middle East who received letters from Saint Paul thought He would come again in their lifetimes. The signs were cited during the American Civil War, the two World Wars, and probably all large wars before that. No one knows. Be humble. You don’t know, either. Stop telling people, boo hoo, it’s no use.


25 posted on 06/26/2014 5:33:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

Well, sorry I can’t accommodate you, in shutting up ... LOL ...

And, unfortunately, I think you’re going to have trouble convincing others who see the same “signs of the times” to shut up ... :-) ...

One of the reasons that you’re finding so many saying that is because how Dr. David Reagan explains it (at Lamb and Lion Ministries) — that although various different signs have appeared in the past, what is unique about the present is the “convergence” of a large number of signs. And then, of course, one of the key signs is Israel being gathered back in the land - which has been progressing since 1948.

We are certainly living in very unique times and people should be very excited - because they are going to see the Lord returning soon!

If you would like to check out Dr. David Reagan (or if anyone else would like to) he has a website at ...

http://lamblion.com


26 posted on 06/26/2014 5:51:34 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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