Could some evangelists within the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination be moving away from the practice of calling sinners to repentance?
An early report from the August conference of a church-planting movement within Presbyterian Church (USA), called 1001 New Worshipping Communities, suggests the possibility.
“Millennials, it is argued, do not feel guilt and shame the same way older generations do. … As such, they do not respond to what one person referred to as ‘fire and brimstone scare tactics,'” read the report.
“Telling them that they are sinners and need to repent does not work. Millennials respond to evangelism that tells them the world is [broken], and it is only through Jesus that it can be fixed.”
The report’s comments were based upon conversations held by attendees of the Pursued by Grace Conference, the first national gathering of the 1001 NWC.
Read the “Final report: 1001 NWC Conference Interviews.”