No Church is Best Church

Mechelle stated a pattern that I see again and again; youth are drawn to evangelical churches for the show, but move to the more traditional liturgical churches when they find the spiritual aspects of the bands and projections don’t fill their yearning (i.e., Rachel Held Evans). Those of us in the mainline churches need to encourage the unchurched or fallen-aways to find what they need, knowing that a lot will come into our churches in the future, searching for a spiritual richness.

Faith in Real Life

I, like most of my friends, fall into the category of millennials. We care deeply about the environment (not all of us, but most), we care deeply about social issues (not all of us agree, but most), and we care deeply about supporting one another’s spiritual journeys. As I study American Christianity, I’m struck by the public discourse happening in popular Christianity. There is this constant debate about which church is better, who is more spiritually deep, and defining success by numbers. And people are incredibly hurt by these categorizations. What? They have more members than we do? They must be spiritually shallow. What? We’re losing members? They must be leaving for contemporary music. And this continues into those who’ve left the evangelical church for more mainline denominations. They’re spiritually shallow. We need more depth. We can tell when you’re BSing us. The continual trope of how evangelical churches are inherently shallow…

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