Many Christian observers note that the fastest growing segment of the population today are the “NONES” who are the religiously unaffiliated. They are in their 20’s and this group is growing faster than Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics and other religious groups.
And 59% of these young people come from families who regularly attend church.
But there are many success stories of millennial Christians and growing younger churches.
For example, one of my young adults goes to Reality LA. And I am blessed when I go there with him.
The fellowship is made up of a couple thousand people, largely in their 20’s, largely single, studying God’s word verse by verse.
Dan Kimball’s Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, Ca is composed of 36% college students. He believes there are four things that are necessary to develop a strong outreach to this group.
- No compromise
- Strong Biblical doctrine
- Sound Biblical theology
- Boldly teaching these truths
Kimball believes young adults are eager and passionate to learn biblical principles. He believes many churches today do not teach those in their 20’s because they underestimate their level of interest and ability to understand sound doctrine.
And that’s just not true.
Another church I enjoy going to when in Washington D.C. is the National Community Church led by Pastor Mark Batterson.
His church is mostly composed of single, 20-somethings.
One of the things he says is important to reaching the 20-somethings is getting them involved in outside ministry needs. His church has given more than $1 million to missions. He says, “I believe one mission’s trip is worth more than 52 of my sermons.”
For a Christian church to be able to grow and expand, we need revival. For example, the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s was largely done by those in their 20’s with Chuck Smith reaching out without compromise, boldly bringing forth sound Biblical doctrine and Biblical theology.
Let’s pray God will rise up and army of young 20-somethings and start up a revival nationwide.
What do you think? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org.