I was reading a piece today in Christianity Today (October ’17) about how Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is trying to reinvent themselves to reach more millennials. This widely respected Bible teaching ministry birthed just after WWII is almost 60 years old, and is struggling to get people under 40 to attend. I found the following very insightful:
Churches and Christian organizations are often not sensitive to the global nature of the world and the complexities that millennials perceive. As such, millennials desire scripture study that is engaged with the larger world and that prepares them to face life’s challenges. Darrell Bock says, “For boomers, it’s getting the content of your faith right; for millennials, getting the ethics of your faith right is more important. Ministries that are going to address both the content level and the ethical outreach level in a relevant way are going to be powerful ministries.”
Well, as a neutral member of the generation between the boomers and millennials, I fortunately have avoided all the negative stereotypes associated with both. But this young Gen X lad is trying his best to do both of these at MainStreet — especially at our new Three Taverns gatherings on Wednesday nights where, for example, we recently explored how the Sermon on the Mount (content of faith) can help inform how we engage with other on social media (ethics of our faith).
Now if we could only get more of our millennials to show up! ;)