Reader I just read yet another article on why Millennials are leaving the Church. This one was written by a millennial to the church at large. As best I could tell, it was a list of mostly petty grievances and of ways that millennials would like the church to be. Not sure I get it all, do agree with almost all, but I have heard some of the same stuff, complaining from every generation for the past 25 years or so.
Don't get me wrong, I like the article a lot. However, one issue it does not address is this: If we make all these changes to cater to the Millennials, we risk angering the established membership. The established members are the ones who pay the bills. If they leave, the church cannot afford to stay open. Church, to succeed, must be a mixture of staying relevant to the times while also being grounded in tradition. It is a delicate balancing act.
I was Raised in church, and raised my kids in church, yet in the last couple of years I've not gone to church...burn out is one reason; not fitting into the cliques when I moved is another reason, laziness is another. I ran out the door to services, meetings, and Bible studies for years, but too lazy now. Yet no one could be a more devout Christian than I, and no one could love the Lord more than I. He is in my life daily.