The Data on “Why Millennial Don’t Attend Church”

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According to Barna, less than 8% of millennials ‘don’t attend church’ because it is “out of date.” Therefore, 9 out of 10 Millennials are not interested in how relevant or contemporary your church is.

This is from the Barna Group’s 125 page report : “Making Space for Millennials” produced in partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network.

Commenting on this data, Brady Shearer of prochurchtools.com remarked, “The number one reason that millennials are not attending church according to page 40, this book and the research Barna did is that millennials are saying, “I find God elsewhere.” 39% of respondents said that.” [emphasis added]

Here are my takeaways:

  • The loose “four-songs and a sermon” culture of modern churches has undermined the idea that God is found in the Church.
  • Abandoning liturgy and the sacraments among moderns has communicated that “God” is more subjective, emotional than objective, tangible.
  • Our sacramental emphasis on the Eucharist as a true participation in the reality of God’s grace is an affront to the idea: “I find God elsewhere.”
  • Therefore, we should continue to build communities around the Sacrament. Not only does the data fail to support a movement away from traditional eucharistic liturgies—but they may be the only way forward with the next generation.

    2 COMMENTS

    1. Hello Rev Macias. Please excuse my ignorance, but, though having worshiped in both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Cburches, I have not previoualy known of the Anglican Rite Catholic Cburch (HCC- AR). Is it part of the American Episcopal Church or Anglican Communion ? I await the favour of your reply. Thank you, Michael

      • Greetings Michael,

        Thanks for the note, I am happy to respond!

        The HCC-AR is part of the larger American Anglican movement that grew out of the 1977 Congress of St. Louis. Often referred to as “Continuing Anglicanism.”

        In 1977 an international congress of nearly 2,000 Anglican bishops, clergy, and lay people met in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in response to the, then recent, innovations of the Episcopal Church. Matters of theological liberalism, revisions to the Book of Common Prayer, and the ordination of women priests were not the only reasons for the split, but they were seen by these churches as evidence of the mainline church’s departure from Anglican orthodoxy.

        Take a look at the HCC-AR website (http://www.holycatholicanglican.org/) and feel free to reach out to me: steve [at] stevemacias.com

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