…While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years. In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence. More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007. Atheist organizer takes ‘movement’ to nation’s capital. When asked about doubts of God, no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years. Source.
Just a few thoughts about the quote above and then I’d love to hear your opinion…
1. Where have we gone wrong?
Seriously, where did all of this come from. Where’s the gap for young people. I’m a young person (A millennial in fact), but I don’t know the answer. Where’s the breakdown in connecting people to God? Churches everywhere have started ‘contemporary’ services and new programs in an attempt to reach young people, but it doesn’t seem to be working. What can we do differently?
2. We MUST raise up YOUNG leaders in the church.
Really. Pour into your young people. Don’t pass them off as the church of tomorrow, because there won’t be a church of tomorrow without young people becoming leaders today. I don’t mean that we give millennials a lot of work and no responsibility. I mean we mentor them, we prepare them, we believe in them, we trust them, and we equip them. Let them lead. Be intentional. Let them fail and let their passion change the world around them.
3. We need answers to questions we’ve never asked.
Young people today have different questions than what you had as a young person. We’re constantly bombarded with differing views about spirituality and religion. The church has to be prepared to answer these questions with real, relevant, and non scripted answers. Do we have to have all the answers? No. We must, however, show them how a belief in God can help them and is the right thing. Be prepared for the tough questions… find answers.
What are your thoughts? What’s wrong? What can we do? What can I as a millennial do? Help us in the comments.