Would you agree that attending church on a consistent basis is getting harder and harder to do? You are not alone! Jess and I struggled with this too.
It should come as no surprise that the number of church attenders has been on a steady decrease. A recent study concluded that 59 percent of Millennials are leaving the church. That statistic is an eye-opener!
So how did we manage to avoid being one of the 59 percenters that leave church? Not only did we avoid becoming a stat but become more involved?
Jess and I had been dating for several years now and were close to marriage. Before finding a home church, where we invested 11 wonderful years, we visited several churches. While those churches had sound biblical teaching and amazing worship we failed to make a connection. We had to take a hard look at ourselves and ask the honest question, “what gives and what’s missing?
Jess and I were the missing.
We were physically and spiritually present and our desire to connect with other well-meaning members was not. Jess and I came to the realization that in order for us to fully embrace the Christian walk as intended we would have to allow ourselves to be embraced. There were older couples that invited us to dinner and we turned down and younger couples we distanced ourselves from. They all were wonderful people but we did not connect with them.
The Ugly Mistake Revealed
We decided that we would get involved. The first time it was gut wrenching as we had to learn to be open and vulnerable. This was the mistake we were making…not being open and vulnerable. This would mean stepping out of our comfort zone and investing in relationships. It was not easy but is very doable. We learned to let our guard down, which included inviting people to lunch or going to lunch when asked. Yes, those moments were AWKARD but manageable. Here’s a tip- find common ground you can all discuss. Use the message series as a starting point or the kids recent activities.
Had we learned to be open and vulnerable at an early stage our story would have been different and that’s ok! We are both fine with the outcome. 😃
It is when one decides to be open, transparent, and vulnerable that we can make meaningful connections. BTW this also works in any relationships and career.
You too can decide to no longer be MIA…Ready to make an impact?!
That’s not all —–> Check out the Millennial Moment of the month. This month’s Millennial has a servant’s heart! He has lead and organized mission trips to New Mexico, Houston, TX, Texas/Mexico Border.