4. Maybe This Is Model Neutral
Every church has a model of ministry. And as we’ve discussed many times on this blog, churches that love their model more than their mission will die.
But does that mean you can only have ONE model (approach) to church that works? Well, no, it doesn’t. Because if Millennials truly appreciate the values of leaders and their faith community more than other things, character can be present in a wide variety of approaches to ministry.
Geoff Surratt is doing some fascinating research on the kinds of churches Millennials love to attend, and he’s discovering that many of the churches doing a great job reaching young adults are very diverse in nature. You can listen to my conversation with Geoff about that on Episode 40 of my Leadership Podcast.
I also shared some of the surprises I found in churches that are absolutely crushing it with young adults in this post.
Findings like this give hope to us all.
5. This Is No Excuse to Be Bad at What You Do
All that said, this is in no way an excuse to be bad at what you do.
It’s not a licence for irrelevance, laziness or a justification for the status quo.
This is, after all, a generation that has been marketed to more than any generation in human history. They can smell cheese and incompetence a mile away.
But they can also smell fake a mile away. Being real matters more than doing. But doing still matters.
So continue to do the best you can with what you have. Make the changes you feel called to make, regardless of your church size, budget, setting or denomination.
Continue to make your ministry better, but work harder on your character than you do on your competency.
What Do You Think?
What are you seeing as you interact with young adults?