I love my generation. I really get us. We make sense to me.
But, churches, man. It doesn’t look like you love us at all. I understand why it looks that way since most churches are run by older generations. There’s some sort of communicational, generational, chasm-type separation happening between us. So I decided to help us all out by listing some tips.
Five reasons my generation will not be visiting your church this Sunday:
- Nothing is “The Superbowl of Church.”
You know why? Because watching the actual Super Bowl is the Super Bowl for me. It is for everyone. Let Easter be Easter. Let Christmas be Christmas. Don’t disappoint me or cheapen the day by likening it to a commercialized adrenaline-filled sports event when that is not even close to what we will experience come Sunday morning.
- We know when you’re faking enthusiasm.
So, be honest with us about the meaning of Easter. Tweets, sermons, and ads are so much more meaningful and motivate us to action when we can tell you’re giving us a sincere statement about why you feel the way you do. There’s no need to approach the subject matter like you’re selling tickets to monster truck jam (I hear they’re “STILL JUST TEN DOLLARS!!”). Speaking of which-
- You’re abusing exclamation points.
Both vocally and in print. I’m going risk complete scrutiny here but I’m pretty sure everyone reads exclamatory sentences in a hyper, overly-enthusiastic, faking-it, cheerleader voice. No? Just me? Maybe an Incredible Hulk voice, then. Be real with us. With your real voice. Unless you’re that cheerleader.
- We’re attracted to the why, not the what.
I assume based on the way churches advertise that generations before mine only needed to know that a church service was available. So, churches spent tons of money to tell everyone that they are, in fact, still having meetings on Sunday morning. But my generation wants to know why you show up every Sunday morning. And don’t just give us Sunday School answers like “because Jesus died for me”- no, tell me what that means to you. Be vulnerable with us, you’ll see us be vulnerable right back.
- Even if nothing else is stopping us, we don’t know what to wear.
I know it may be petty, but it’s true. Most of us don’t have the need for a dozen suits or fancy dresses, so we don’t keep a stock of them in our closets. Does your church seem to have a top-notch attire policy? It’s time to adjust. Do most of your congregants dress pretty casually? You need to put that information out there so we know it’s ok to come dressed like we normally do.
Here’s the thing: I love Jesus. I love that Easter signifies how God fulfills promises. And I love the people my age around me. I think they should get to know that in a more meaningful way from people who are older than them. The harvest is ready, folks. Get cracking.
Did I miss any? What would you add?