MORE UPDATE: I was also interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show. Listen here.
UPDATE: I was interviewed on the Morning Air show with Sean Herriott this morning on this topic. Listen in:
Basically, youth look towards church and find a disconnect to their lives. While it is not uncommon for younger adults to be less religiously affiliated than older folks, the Millennial generation’s rate of disaffiliation is higher than previous generations at comparable points in their life cycle.
For millenials, there must be a sense of frustration regarding this. If not, at least, WE should feel it. It’s like searching for something on-line and getting a 404 error message on their spiritual screens. It’s a generational thing, affecting all denominations, but Catholics are certainly getting walloped as it happens. And researchers indicated that it is probable that fewer Millennials than previous generations will reliably return to congregations when they are older, settled, and raising children.
The MTV research indicates Millennials are seeking from religion to what they believe as what works in their world – an environment that’s open-sourced, fluid, hackable and allows for self-expression.
Our challenge is to recognize the individual while not forgoing community… to declare truth that affirms our orthodoxy without getting lost in a headline news-clip culture that capitalizes on negative and judgment.
Young people want the interactive, the opportunity to experiment and collaborate and make something. Young people look at church and wonder could church be something like that? Should it be something like that?
The adult church needs to affirm that the tradition of Church is exactly that… and needs to do so soon! Otherwise, the 404 message is discouraging the search. h/t the youth culture report