Lamp Post: May 22, 2014

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

Facts & Trends: 7 Ways to Draw Millennials to Your Church

It’s been odd to see how much this post and the previous one (6 Reasons Millennials Aren’t at Your Church) have been read, shared, appreciated, discussed and misunderstood. But I do think it is an important discussion to be had. What do you think?

LifeWay Research found 70 percent of young adults who indicated they attended church regularly for at least one year in high school do drop out of regular church attendance. That does not mean, however, they have left never to return. In fact, according to LifeWay Research, almost two-thirds return and currently attend church (within the time frame of the study).

That same study found most don’t make a conscious decision to leave due to a doctrinal dispute or significant disagreement. They simply drift away because the church doesn’t seem as important to their lives as it once did. Many have looked at a church and decided it is no longer relevant.

So how can churches change that? What can you do to draw millennials to your church and have them plant roots in your congregation?

Reformedish: On Why Bell is No Barth or Lewis: A Question of Consistency and Theological Trajectory

Derek Rishmawy does a great job explaining why we can deal with the theological issues of Karl Barth and C.S. Lewis, but still reject the direction Rob Bell has gone.

All three of those men held/hold views on things like Scripture, the afterlife, and so forth, that as a decently conservative Evangelical I would deem wrong and, at times, quite unhelpful. (Although, to be clear, I think Lewis is very misunderstood and badly appropriated w/ respect to his views on the afterlife in The Great Divorce and atonement in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.) Still, for some reason, my reaction, in many ways mirroring that of most contemporary Evangelicals, to the three is quite different.

OnFaith: New Church Growth Strategy: Intentional Ethnic Diversity

Currently, ethnic and cultural diversity is a sign of a healthy growing church. In the future, it will be essential to the survival of a local church body.

Given its location in close proximity to three local public schools, FCC decided that it would focus its ministry efforts on children and youth in the community. Today, if you were to visit the church, you would find that a racial transformation has taken place. On Wednesdays, FCC opens its doors to children and youth in the community for tutoring, rehearsals in one of the many musicals the church produces in conjunction with the local public schools, and a free hot meal. Eighty percent of the people present in these mid-week ministries are non-Anglo.

TGC: Bonhoeffer and Blind Spots

It is interesting to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s perspective on racism in America, particularly while he struggled to see clearly the treatment of Jews in his native Germany. Devin Maddox gives lessons we can learn about our own blind spots.

We easily identify blind spots in contexts other than our own while nurturing our own forms of blindness. Our own blind spots would not be so if we could see them (that’s why they are aptly named).

Here are three things we can learn from Bonhoeffer about overcoming our blind spots.

22Words: Restaurant review says waitresses should “show more skin.” You’ll be glad the owner agrees.

I love the constructive way the owner of this restaurant responds to such an idiotic online review – run a special to benefit rape prevention. The owner said:

I’m a husband and a father of a 12 year old girl. I have five sisters and it was just offensive.  If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It’s important to us, it should be important to the community.

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