As any 20-something Christian single could tell you, the vast majority of other 20-something singles do not attend church. Paradoxically, 20-somethings , or millennials as they are called today, are also one of the most receptive age groups to evangelize. How can both of these statements about 20-something singles be true? The answer is that many Christian churches are simply missing huge opportunities by not communicating the Gospel to 20-something singles in ways that make sense to them.
In fact most 20-something singles look at church as being:
- An institution built primarily for married couples with children
- A boring and irrelevant place to be on their day off from work.
Since single adults (20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings, 50-somethings, etc.) make up the majority of the US population, it’s imperative for the church to share the love of Jesus with them in ways that makes an impact in their lives.
How to Evangelize 20-Something Single Millennials
How do we as Christians reach 20-somethings for Christ? By understanding what drives 20-somethings.
20-Something Singles Yearn for Intimate Relationships
Millennials have grown up in a materialistic, superficial world, and they’re tired of it. Although 20-somethings are not into traditional church services, they are looking for meaningful and deep relationships where real heart-sharing occurs. This type of dynamic occurs most easily in small groups. That’s one important reason why programs like the Alpha course have been wildly popular among 20-something singles. Using small groups (at Oasis-Church-NJ.com we call them connect groups) is actually how we started Rutgers Oasis Church from scratch in the last year.
Relationship building and evangelization through small groups also plays well to the heart of 20-something Christian singles. For example, to paraphrase George Barna, 20-something Christian singles are about to launch the Third Great Awakening. They are not into “playing church”, which they perceive to be superficial. They are, however, passionate about “being the church” to others around them. Sure, the vast majority 20-somethings are interested in meeting other singles for dating relationships, but this is not their central focus.
20-Something Singles Prefer Informal
20-something singles tend to thrive in laid-back, non-threatening environments that don’t come across as “too churchy”. Instead of having someone preach to them, they would prefer a comfortable setting where give and take sharing can occur.
20-Something Singles are Looking for an Experience
Sharing your head knowledge will only get you so far with 20-somethings. Don’t get excited; there’s a place for Bible teaching, doctrine, and Josh McDowell apologetics. We believe that God’s word is powerful! But what we are saying is 20-somethings want to experience realness. That’s why they are much more initially impressed by experiencing a genuine, open and loving Christian, than by being handed a Bible tract.
If you are a 20-something Christian single, you have a great challenge and opportunity to reach this most important generation for Jesus. Are you up to the challenge?
Bible Verse of the Day
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
2 Corinithians 5:20