Jason Vana discusses the Barna Group’s info on Millennials:
A shift is coming to the way we do church.
It happens every few decades or so. A generation rises up that no longer fits in the mold of the prevailing style of church service. They can’t encounter God, don’t see a purpose to the method of service, can’t seem to find life in the rituals, modes, and style of church. So they walk away – either thinking this whole “God” thing is a sham, or striking out looking for a new way of finding Him.
We are in that generation.
Recently, the Barna Group — a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture — published the results of a study among the millennial generation (ages 18 to 29) to determine their “ideal” church.
The infograph below shows the results.
Points of Interest
A few points to note about this generation’s ideal church:
- The primary focus is community – not lecture
- Over 3/4 want to attend a church with a sanctuary, not an auditorium
- Well over 1/2 want a quiet, reflective service over a loud, entertainment driven service
- The same amount is looking for a classic service over a service chasing after every trend out there
It’s a big shift indeed.