While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.
Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.
By the end of this workshop, you will:
- have a working knowledge of the science behind the anti-institutional sentiment of Millennials.
- know some of the differences in value systems and motivations between Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.
- have a working knowledge of the sociological research behind the advantages of congregation attendance.
- begin to develop practical strategies to invite Millennials into congregational fellowship.
Also known as “Science Mike,” Mike McHargue is a Christian turned atheist turned follower of Jesus. He is interested in the intersection of science and faith and presents a weekly podcast and blog on these subjects. McHargue has written for RELEVANT, sojo.net, and is a frequently called on voice for science in the world of faith. He co-founded The Liturgists with Michael Gungor, and co-hosts The Liturgists Podcast. The Liturgists create sacred art and community for the spiritually homeless and frustrated.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central time) on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in St. John. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. Workshop registration is limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."