Millennials aren’t streaming into churches like their parents and grandparents did years before them. Evangelicalism has lost its cultural chic and the cost of discipleship has increased, even if only slightly, for the American Evangelical. These cultural changes, plus a number of other tendencies among Millennials has caused 86 percent of Millennials to claim some level of faith in “God,” but only 36 percent of them to self-identify as “religious.”
Numerous methodologies, strategies, evangelism initiatives, and all other sorts of structures can be fashioned to reel young people into the church, that is for sure. Whether its smoke machines and plaid-clad guitar players or Starbucks coffee, churches have plenty of ideas when it comes to reaching the Millennial generation.
My hope is to help with some of those strategies and encourage local churches to look for ways to leverage Millennial values in order to minister the gospel. But first, I think we need to pray.
Before a church can hope to introduce people to Jesus, it must itself intimately know him and submit to him all matters of ministry, especially when it comes to evangelizing effectively. A posture of persistent prayer must motivate our ministry, even when it comes to reaching Millennials.
Here are five simple ways you can pray for the unchurched, perhaps unbelieving Millennials in your community: