Almost every church I visit and talk with today is beginning to realize that if they're going to survive long into the future they have to become millenial oriented. Adjusting to a millenial viewpoint is not a simple matter of changing worship times, or seating, or adding a new song or two to the music repertoire. Millenials think about the world in fundamentally different ways. In this season of high school graduations here are some characteristics of this year's graduating class:
Think about this! In 1998:
3. Multisite churches are on the rise. Multisite means one church that has worship services at different sites or venues. Leadership Network reported that there were 200 multisite churches in 2002 while in 2014 that number exceeded 8,000!
4. Even committed believers are attending services less frequently. People who used to attend 4 times a month may only attend 3 times a month. Members who used to come twice a month will only come once a month. That means your church attendance may be down 20% even though your membership has stayed the same!
5. More new churches are opening than old churches are closing. Every year, approximately 4,000 churches are birthed in the U.S. (500 more than are closed).
6. Starting new churches continues to be the most effective means to reach new people. Typically new churches are highly focused on connecting with not-yet-believers. Their leaders, members, and ministries are designed to allow new people easy connection to belief.