Scot McKnight posted some thoughts on his blog about an alarming trend of more and more 20-something simply opting out of church. Now, I don’t think Scot is being an alarmist in how he is looking at the situation, but according to him the statistics are sobering. He asks the question of how do we approach children’s, youth and young adults ministries in a way that captures these demographics in such a way that they do not discount church or God.
I think one of the things that needs to happen is that the church needs to approach ministry in a more holistic way. We need to look at spiritual formation across the generational spectrum and create a culture where the different “departments” or areas of ministry are working together in facilitating disciples of Christ who live out their love of God by following Jesus and love of others by serving the greater communities around them. Ministries/Departments within a church need to stop working as silos alongside each other and start working as a living organism that benefits all the parts with the goal of being a part of what God is doing in reconciling people to himself, themselves, each other and creation. This takes church staff leaders to build real relationships with each other and intersecting their ministries with each other. It means church staff leaders working TOGETHER (sharing resources, time, finances, volunteers, etc.) to further God’s Kingdom regardless of which department gets credit. This takes huge amounts of time and energy, but I believe it is well worth it and makes the Church more effective.
What are your thoughts? What are some other things the Church needs to do in order to curb this trend?