2015 may be late in the game to be bringing up David Kinnaman’s 2011 bestseller You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith.
But last week I attended the “Prone to Wander: Ministry to Millennials” conference at Dallas Theological Seminary, which was keynoted by thought leader Gabe Lyons and which alluded to Kinnaman’s work. Seeing as I both am a millennial and (try to) minister to millennials, this conference discussed my work, discussed my friends, and quite honestly discussed me. It was, at times, like being a lab rat amidst an auditorium full of psychologists. Very friendly psychologists, to be sure. But the tension remained.
According to You Lost Me, we millennials tend to view the Church as overprotective, shallow, anti-science, repressive, exclusive, and doubtless. On the contrary, we tend to be interested in cultural engagement, depth, science, freedom, inclusion, and doubt.
And I think it’s true. Sometimes painfully true.
But what pains me…
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