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An open letter to the church from a millennial – this is why we are leaving

I remember when I was serving as a pastor receiving emails, flyers and promotions for “solutions” to the issue of why millennials are leaving the church.

Truth be told, I didn’t realize I was actually a millennial until recently. (Apparently I am in the last year that they include millennials. And, ironically, I find myself joining them on this subject)

I, too, have left the church, but have not left my faith….

I loved church as a kid. It was my social outlet, my crowd, my people – faith and spirituality were something I identified with at an early age. But, with each generation, comes new perspectives and new ways of thinking.

One of the struggles many millennials have with organized religion in general is the inability of the older generations to adapt, change, or entertain new ideas and new ways of thinking. This is an issue each generation bumps up against, but this generation and this subject don’t seem to be finding a middle ground.

As a millennial, life-long church attendee and former pastor, I decided to write an open letter to the church, with the main reasons I decided to walk out of church doors. (And why many other millennials are doing the same).

Dear church,

You have asked why so many millennials are leaving your walls and refusing to come back. As one who has served, pastored and attended church my entire life, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t just the “flaky” Christians who are leaving. Many leaders like myself are leaving too. And here’s why:

  1. We don’t like hypocrisy. I know, I know, a lot of you may wrinkle your noses when I say this – or scoff and say, “maybe other Christians, but not me”. Well friends, I’ve attended, led and pastored in more than one church and in multiple denominations. And, let me tell you, there’s a constant theme. Although, in my experience it seems to be more evident in the evangelical groups, it is a steady theme none the less. An example would be: preachers and sermons demonizing pornography and any use of it. Making it appear that holy people (such as themselves) would never struggle with something like that. Especially never admit to it from the pulpit. Meanwhile, statistics show that over 50% of pastors view porn on a regular basis. Or, another example: people who lead mission trips, help the homeless, lead Bible studies and express a large outward appearance of “godliness” – yet, at home, where no one is watching, they neglect their spouses, are angry and controlling with their children and overall treat their family with much less respect and honor as they do the outside world they are “serving”.
  2. We don’t think that loving your neighbor as yourself should come with a ton of conditions. Again, I can hear the argument against this statement but, hear me out. I was respected when I loved my Christian peers, pew mates and bible study companions who were like myself. I celebrated their families, their marriages, their accomplishments. But, when my neighbor didn’t attend my church, was LGBTQ or held different faiths, I was not supposed to attend their weddings, rejoice when they had or adopted children or celebrate their accomplishments (because clearly it was all the devil’s handy work).  I was also expected to not vote in favor of these neighbors having the same rights as myself; such as rights to marry, have tax benefits and create a family or practice their faith publicly. Not only is this not loving my neighbors as myself – it’s hypocrisy at its finest.
  3. We looked at history. History has this tendency to repeat itself. It doesn’t take long to pull back a few hundred years of history to see a nasty pattern throughout Westernized Christianity. Such as, the vast majority of slavery and racism was endorsed from pulpits. During the civil war, Christian pamphlets were passed to the confederates from churches and religious leaders in their support of God’s “holy war” – ie: the right to own slaves (Stout, Henry S.). Because, after all, slavery is endorsed by scripture. Another example, is how women’s rights were significantly hindered inside of the church and were fought against intensely (and still are) by many Christian leaders. Because, again, scripture supports the silence of women (if you want to interpret it that way). A pattern of oppression, bigotry and an overarching theme of one group holding all of the power, is nauseating.
  4. We struggle with inequality. We have experienced a lot of diversity. And we believe that diversity is GOOD. We struggle with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters not being allowed to serve or have their families be welcome in church communities. We struggle with the continual lack of diversity in leadership: with women, people of color and LGBTQ people. (If you don’t believe this to be an issue, just look at who is at the top of most Christian churches and communities). And, many times if a woman does find herself at the top, she is paid significantly less than a man would be in her position. The list of spiritually gifted women, LGBTQ people, and people of color that the church has pushed out is truly a tragedy.  
  5. We have a hard time signing up for the idea that everyone we know who doesn’t claim our faith will be set on fire for eternity. If you’ve grown up in church, this concept seems super easy to embrace. Of course, your beloved grandma who is a universalist will burn in hell forever. Of course, your best friend at work who is an atheist will be tortured for eternity. Of course, your aunt who is a faithful Buddhist will be rejected by God and sent to be burned. Of course, your Jewish neighbor will be burned for eternity for not accepting Jesus as their savior. This talk is so normalized for many millennials as children. But, once we grew up and really thought about what we were believing, the harder it was for us to reconcile that with the loving God we know. The concept of eternal torment is easy to embrace until it’s your grandma. Your parent. Your child. Your best friend. All of the sudden the idea of a forever place of torture doesn’t fit that well. (More of my thoughts on hell here).
  6. We look at scripture differently. A lot of millennials were told “because the Bible says” so much that we actually grew up and decided to read it for ourselves. We read. We studied. We wrestled. We researched. And we realized that the Bible isn’t as clear as we were taught. We learned that there are many contradictions. That there is context involved. People involved. Stories involved. We learned that the Bible is complex, beautiful and sacred. And that it’s okay to not know or understand all of it. That it’s okay to disagree with what we were taught (and even disagree with eachother) – and that’s okay.
  7. We like authentic community. This is a big one. Many of us grew up attending home group, youth group, life groups, etc – whatever you want to call it. We invested time and energy into relationships, hoping to cultivate genuine connection (beyond just the idea that we attend church together). And, some of those relationships stuck. But, many of them didn’t. Many of these communities we found to be unsafe. Where we couldn’t be our true selves without being judged. We couldn’t express differing opinions (on faith, politics, culture) without being quickly told why we were wrong. We couldn’t go through life’s shitty circumstances and just BE MAD. OR BE SAD. OR BE HUMAN. We felt expected to constantly be “okay”. And, truthfully, it’s exhausting. Because a lot of us weren’t okay. A lot of us had childhood trauma, failing marriages, troubled kids, a spouse who was gay, addictions to alcohol, pornography and a lot of stuff that is pretty darn heavy. And yet, we felt like couldn’t be real about any of it – because when we were real, we were shamed. Or attempted to be “fixed”, “healed” or “delivered”. Many of us have found that we can cultivate and thrive in real community outside of church. And, we find it to be much healthier for us spiritually and for our families.

In closing, I will say that I have loved the church. I love the people. I love my personal history inside it’s walls. But, as I’ve grown, I have had to make some difficult decisions regarding what is healthy for me and my family.

For myself personally, these issues were what caused me to draw the line.

I now find church to be inside my home; a space where everyone is welcome. I find that I worship by loving my children well and find prayer in the breaths and inside my heart. I find that I’m pastoring others well out here in the wilderness. As a family, we find community and love wherever we are and whoever we are with.

I believe and know Spirit to be everywhere. It is all present and ever seeking. When the church embraces this idea too, you may see some of us return. Until then, we believe we are free to follow where we need to be and free to allow others to do the same.

Grace and peace,

Anna

PS: if you are in the process of deconstruction or leaving your church, please know you’re not alone! Reach out to me anytime here.

Author. Blogger. Speaker. Momma to 4.

46 Comments

  • ladyreader0

    I LOVE this piece. You nailed it, Anna. But not just for millennials, you also spoke the heart of this 60 year old “baby boomer.”

    • Anna Dimmel

      Yes! I realize there are so many more people feeling this way than just millennials. This is a cross generational shift. Hugs to you!!

  • Esther

    I find this a very interesting piece – I am not sure if this is a very American piece (not actually sure where you’re from – I’m British), but it seems that some of these things are gross exaggerations and definitely cannot be applied to a lot of churches. So to me this seems a little unfair to address to ‘the Church’ as a whole. I most definitely agree wholeheartedly with your final point and that loving your neighbour shouldn’t come with conditions – just like christ’s unconditional love for us(I am just too young to be a millennial technically but feel I can mostly relate). However, I think that if you don’t believe that there is a hell for those who do not accept Christ’s sacrifice for us, or that The Bible is God’s Word, then I must say I strongly disagree with you – the gospel of Christ is diminished if hell is not a part of it. However, already I apologise if I have misunderstood your point! GB, E x

    • (Rev) Henry Galganowicz

      Esther: do you live in Britian? The Church is in worse shape there (as far as active attendance) than in the U.S.

      • Esther

        Yes, I live in the UK and I agree, it is sad to see the decline in regular church attendance in Britain. However, I think we must also be careful in countries where non-Biblical ‘Christian’ thinking is becoming mainstream too, as this undermines the work of the true gospel, especially when it teaches against the sufficiency of God’s grace (e.g. the prospecrity gospel, which I believe to be far more prominent in countries like the US than the UK, although by no means is this a competition of which country is better, but a race in which we are allies to bring God’s kingdom to Earth!).

  • Salvageable

    As a father of millenials who are still active in the Church, this means a lot to me. I agree with some of your points and disagree with others. I would like to add two more, based on what I have seen in my family and in congregations.
    Millenials love tradition. The congregation that tries to change itself to appeal to a certain generation is showing a lack of depth, lack of sincerity, and inability to understand what draws people to the Lord and to his Church.
    On the other hand, millenials hate tradition if it makes no sense. It needs to be explained and put into context. And if it has no significance–no attachment to Christ and his Word–then it is a tradition that can be dropped.
    Just my two cents worth. J.

    • Anna Dimmel

      Very well said. Of course I don’t expect everyone to share all of the same perspectives, and I appreciate your thoughts. I agree, many millennials do value and appreciate tradition – but mainly when they feel and understand the sincerity behind it. Tradition without depth translates as vain and insincere. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • Mark Corbett

    There are a growing number of evangelical Christians who have seen that the Bible teaches conditional immortality (aka annihilationism) and not eternal torment for the unsaved. This is not a view based on a rejection of the Bible, but based on careful study and interpretation of the Bible by people who believe that the Bible is 100% true and reliable. I realize that the doctrine of eternal torment is only one of the reasons you chose to leave the church, but I hope to be able to help with this one. If you are interested in reading about this, you may check out the Rethinking Hell website (which is easy to find) or my own blog. I have numerous posts on conditional immortality. A good one to start with is this one:
    http://parresiazomai.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-is-conditional-immortality.html

    Grace and Peace, Mark (with Hope and Joy!)
    p.s. My wife is named Hope and our daughter is named Joy, so I often sign my name this way with a double meaning.

    • Anna Dimmel

      Mark, thank you for your thoughtful reply. I respect your position on that topic as it is one we share. After much research I too came to the conclusion that the Bible does not support the doctrine of eternal torment and also wrote an article on my conclusions. It seems both of our minds are thinking along the same lines! This is why I love and appreciate open dialogue. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and viewpoints here.

  • Keith

    Anna, well said. This is heartfelt and based on experience. I often say when religion is inclusive it is at its absolute best, but when religion is exclusive, it is at its absolute worst. The most heartfelt church experience I have witnessed came with a church with a lesbian minister. Her church was inviting and inclusive. Everyone was welcome. It was big tent church.

    Those churches who practice exclusion will become self-fulfilling prophesies. They will shrink. My greatest pet peeve is when I see bigotry from the pulpit. It is a violation of the leadership role the minister has. I applaud you for your letter. I hope people take notice.

    Keith

    • Anna Dimmel

      This warms my heart so much. As always, I’m continually thankful for your heart and your perspective. Thank you for being such a constant voice of wisdom.

      • Keith

        Anna, thanks. As an example of the push back on bigotry from the pulpit, I saw where Liverpool UK canceled a visit from Franklin Graham given his stance on LGBTQ. I have written before that Graham does a disservice to all the good his organization does, when he uses the bible to denigrate groups of people. His father welcomed all to his ministry, so I wish Franklin would be more like that. It would serve him better, in my view. Keith

  • Cedric Wheathaw

    I am very conservative and I don’t understand why I am lambasted among so many young people. There, I said it. I did not grow up coddled, I work, have worked more years than many people who use the internet have been alive, and I have seen a tremendous downhill slide in morality, manners, common sense, respect, responsibility and courtesy among young people. Young people are so spoiled and entitled in their own lives that I don’t know what people are going to do to get services in the future. I saw a millenial shoe salesman who would only bring out one size for a grandchild, and that was it. No more if it wasn’t the right size. This is how people are in the church and out of the church now, and it makes me shake my head.

    Maybe Jesus was right, who’d a thought. By the way, Ms. Anna, you did not once mention the name of Jesus in your article, why? Are you ashamed of the Gospel? There should always be a reference to the reason for the Church. Jesus, and Him crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected. This is Christianity……Jesus as the Savior for sinners, not quota filling.

    • Anna Dimmel

      Cedric,

      You are correct in that everything inside Christianity (including all behavior and conversations) should mirror the heart and spirit of Jesus. The lack of this, goes hand in hand with the hypocrisy I mentioned in my post.

      To address your other point, I do not feel the need to reference Jesus in everything I say, because his spirit dwells in me and is naturally a part of everything I do.

      Lastly, The name of Jesus is sadly often attached to arguments, hatred, bigotry and mean spirited behavior. I want no part of that (ie the history I mentioned in the post). The Jesus I know and follow looks and feels very different.

      Anna

    • Minimalist Christian

      Cedric, I cannot claim to be young anymore, but I cannot bring myself to agree with much of what you have said. If anything, my generation was ‘coddled’. Our parents spent time with us (rather than buying us gadgets to keep us busy), we received free education (I’m from UK), there was a dignity in work and it promised a future. So much of this has been taken from the younger generation. You and I are strongly influenced by what our parents gave and taught us. As are young people today – and yet you appear to be blaming them. Who made society what it is today? The young, or the old? If you don’t like young people’s behaviour today, don’t blame them, blame yourself.

  • Kelvin Tan

    Your point 5 is probably the most intriguing to me.

    Do you believe that if someone “does good” but does not want to believe in Jesus’s death burial and resurrection for their sins, they can also be saved?

    You don’t subscribe to monotheism anymore? You believe that there are many different ways to reach God? The point that Jesus mentioned in John 14:6, you have a different interpretation of it?

      • Kelvin Tan

        Thanks for linking me to that. That part you bolded, which I assumed you wanted to make it the main focus, stated

        Jesus seemed more interested in how they loved each other, treated their neighbors and continually fought to help them not judge each other.

        Does that mean your answer to my question “Do you believe that if someone “does good” but does not want to believe in Jesus’s death burial and resurrection for their sins, they can also be saved?”

        is a yes?

      • Anna Dimmel

        My answer is that it is not my position to judge who is saved and who isn’t. Thankfully, that is far above my pay grade.

      • fs137

        @Kelvin: to what extent does salvation have properties analogous to herd immunity? Christians are obligated to look after the disabled, some of whom may be unable to learn about Jesus’ death and resurrection, or even what it really means to believe in something. Can we look after them?

      • Kelvin Tan

        If you choose not to say whether others are saved or not, that is understandable.

        But if someone were to ask you, “How do you know you are saved”, are you saying you will also reply with, “I am not sure myself. Thankfully, that is far above my pay grade”?

      • Kelvin Tan

        @fs137. Yes, we are saved for good works, that is true. But when it comes to salvation, it is worrying if people have the impression that they are saved by good works.

        Salvation is about what the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, preached to us in various places such as Romans 10:9. 1 Cor 15:1-4, and 2 Cor 5:19-21.

        If a Christian is not clear the basis of his or her salvation, I think that is very unfortunate, and really unnecessary since we have completed scripture in front of us now.

    • (Rev) Henry Galganowicz

      Kelvin, neither Jesus nor Christianity are the only monotheists. Judaism and Islam are also monotheistic. Actually, with our concept of the Trinity, Christianity is a compromised monotheism.

  • insanitybytes22

    I’m a Gen X, the invisible ones between boomers and millennials, and much of what you’ve said resonates with me too. A theme that seems to run through what you’ve written is this idea of not belonging, of a church not making space for us. Amid the hypocrisy is also this rampant tribalism, cliques, casting out all the people who we don’t want to share His table with. Being authentic, being real, being able to speak honestly about the things that are important to us, are all signs of inclusion, safety, belonging. Much of modern church culture demands people wear a mask, sweep things under the rug, and pretend.

    I love tradition, rituals, but I’ve also noticed how we tend to hide behind our traditions as a way of avoiding those hard discussions. I remember in my last church we brought some relatively simple things to our elders and in reaction they just decided what we needed to do was start using hymnals again instead of having the words on an overhead projector. It’s almost comical because that was a solution totally unrelated to the problem, a knee jerk, panic reaction. What we just need here is more tradition!

    • Anna Dimmel

      I sooo feel you sister. I actually thought I was a generation X-er because most of my friends growing up were. (I was young in my grade). I believe there is a lot of cross over between those two generations.

      I agree with your point regarding the tribalism and cliques. It’s been a thorn in religion’s side since the time of Jesus. And, yet, we continue to reject learning from history. But, these younger generations are not standing for it. And, for that, I am thankful.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • john

    While I agree with a lot of the sentiments here I don’t agree that church should be diverse for diversity sake. Christianity is an exclusive faith (believe in the Lord Jesus is the only means of salvation) and inclusive (the gospel for everyone who believes). I also, don’t like the idea of church accepting certain ideas just because secular society is endorsing it. It’s one of the reasons I so admire the Catholic Church, they aren’t perfect but they are so traditional in places that matter.

    — Love a Gen-Z person

  • fs137

    I think it’s easy to forget that ‘catholic’ means ‘universal’, and ‘universal’ is inevitably complex beyond human comprehension. The pertinent question here might be, at what point does ‘deconstruction’ become ‘reconstruction’? Good Spirit to you in all your endeavors.

  • Judith Comer

    Thank you, Anna, for sharing your heart. I too am a woman pastor, in this case, an Episcopal priest. While the Episcopal Church is far from perfect, I do find it provides an umbrella for people with lots of different theologies, life choices, and ways of believing or doubting or questioning their faith. While women priests are still a minority in the Episcopal Church, our seminaries are full of women, more mid to large churches are calling women as their senior pastors, and we have been electing a whole cadre of female bishops, some of them women of color. I see change on the horizon. I agree we often are not paid as much as a male counterpart and still struggle to be taken as seriously as a male priest, we are there, changing the church by who we are, what and how we preach, and how we lead. I certainly get why millennials and the generations behind them are leaving their pews and finding how to be faithful in other spaces and ways. I think the institutional church will continue to empty out until we baby boomers die off and that what will replace the institutional structure will be more of what Jesus intended when his followers met together in homes and set the world on fire with Love. I applaud that you know who you are! ! You are claiming your place in this world as one who has been created by and for Love and taking it out into the world and your family. That is the witness. That is what it means to be the church! Go for it, sister!

    • Anna Dimmel

      Hi Judith! Thank you so much for sharing here. Actually, the first time I preached was in an Episcopal church – I still tear up when I think about it because for the first time I felt that what I believed I was created to do was validated. It was such a beautiful experience. That was my only experience in the Episcopal denomination and it marked me to this day. Thank you for doing the work you are doing. Thank you for leading by example in so many ways. Much love and blessings to you!

  • Sarah

    Another voice for the Episcopal denomination, which does better on the above points than others I have attended. We ordained four priests recently, and half were women. The retiring priest at my parish was a woman, two of the priests who filled in during the gap period were women (one black), and one of the finalists replacing her was a woman. And this is in the small-town Deep South! We have gay folks active, and in our leadership, too – like the guy in charge of outreach to the local university. And our new priest regularly quotes recent song lyrics in sermons, and has a Grateful Dead sticker on his car.

  • Minimalist Christian

    Anna, I became a Christian at age of 40, in an Evangelical church. After a period I found that my church was getting between me and Christ, and so had to leave. I spent a few years outside the institution, trying to follow Jesus’s example, and the model in acts (effectively trying to hold a house church in my home). I researched widely, without the fear of ‘stepping out of line’ and wrote my conclusions in a book. That was formational – writing makes you decide what you really think – and it led me to a very much more Christlike approach to Christianity. But for a long time there was the ‘checking over my shoulder’ that maybe I was becoming heretical. Evangelicals probably think I am, but they are a very blinkered bunch and in my view have dramatically reduced the understanding of God’s grace, love and power. I am now back in church, and am feeling God is calling me to be a priest – perhaps to teach others what I’ve learned.

    So, good luck with your next steps. Keep in touch with Jesus. Don’t be afraid to question. Love.

    God bless, Phil

  • JERRY

    I am a “baby boomer”. I turn 70 this year. I walked away from the church in 1960s and lived the hippy lifestyle. I was young then and wish I had known what I know now. One thing I agree on, the and now. Most churches are dead or dying because they are not listening to what the new generation is saying and what they are wanting. So, Anna your article hits the spot.
    I do believe sis is sin and it is destructive to our lives. I also believe most churches approach sin wrongly. I like the way Jesus approached sin and sinners. In an unjudgmental way He just hung out with them and loved them as individuals. He came in the opposite spirit or frame-of-mind. He accepted them right where they were at and then He modeled a better way. He did not try to convince them to change but He showed them the beauty of something better. They would then get honest with themselves and just want to do what was right.
    Jesus entered hurting and dysfunctional communities by honoring people, not attacking them. Then He led them out of that destructive lifestyle by the wisdom of His teaching.
    I found a church that does their best to model how Jesus did this. Anna, you spoke of the LGBTQ community so I will use them as an example of how this church approached that group. This church opened their doors right in the middle of the LGBTQ community of Dallas Texas. Through a coffee shop and by encountering people on the streets and in the marketplace, they just started loving people. Yes, recognizing they were gay, but not focusing on that. Rather letting everyone they encountered know they had value; and especially value in the eyes of the God that made them. I seen many LGBTQ people come into the church and watched them leave that lifestyle of their own will.

  • Charity

    I have not left the Church, per say, because the “Church” is people and not religious establishments. But I have not been “in” a church in many years, because I got tired of the lack of questioning of established doctrines. I am not interested in anything that does not leave room for discussion, and having been Churched from infancy, I had already heard most of what pastors had to say from the pulpit, numerous times. There was no innovation, because it isn’t allowed. If someone were to change the story of the Good Samaritan into a modern context that we would understand, it would offend, shock and horrify people into calling them a disrespectful heretic. (Example: a man is left to die on the road. Two priests, a rabbi, and a Christian look the other way, while the transvestite stops to help him…)

    I would love to hear pastors talking about actual modern problems, like … what should our answer be to cloning? To taking away people’s jobs as we become a society obsessed with machines? To cell phone addiction? To the gluttony rapidly transforming us into the fattest nation in the world, full of lazy people who binge-watch Netflix and look hungrily for more entertainment all the time?

    Here is the problem. Churches need free-thinkers, to transform them. But denominations / believers often chase them away. Had I suggested to a room full of Baptists at my last church that Revelation is a revenge fantasy, and not at all consistent with the Jesus of the New Testament (forgiveness, tolerance, love, sacrifice), they would have run me out of the building on a rail. People like Rob Bell were rapidly slapped with the brand of “Heretic” and run out of leadership. Until we as Christians are willing to accept that we do not have all the answers, and that some of our fundamental beliefs might actually be wrong, there will be no “great return” to the faith.

    There may, however, be a great transformation, and I suspect we are in the middle of it. Each time the “Church” trembles, it is reborn.

    It’s time to ask questions. Fortunately, that’s something the post-modern millennial generation does well.

  • Henry Pascual

    I have four children who are millennial and I have these reasons from them, or at least some of them. So, why don’t they form their own faith communities where no one is hypocrite? Or what about joining churches that are not judgmental but welcoming and progressive in theology like the United Church of Christ or Unitarians? Is it really hypocrisy and these other issues that are bothering them?

  • calt2spk

    Chuck
    I appreciate your article and the discussion. I do see some validity to the points you raise. I also think that running away from people you don’t see eye to eye with represents the absence of the kind of love Jesus said would identify His followers. Unconditional love is challenging no matter what generation you belong to.

  • Ed Crabtree

    I don’t think it’s really a Millennial thing. Or maybe I’m just odd. By most counts, I’m a Baby Boomer, but I feel more like a member of Generation X. I came to many of these same conclusions in the mid 1990s, when I was in my mid-30s. The impetus for me was the fact that I am gay. I had run from who I am, and I ran to the the church. I was single and celibate, thinking some day I would wake up straight. I had to realize that wasn’t going to happen. I had two choices: continue to live or not. It pushed me to read the Bible for myself. It forced me to read books that contradicted the dogma I had embraced. That was more than 20 years ago, and I’m still sorting through the ruins of my faith, and I agree completely with what you wrote.

  • Selys Rivera

    I really appreciate your post, Anna! I’m a millennial myself and I’m a PK too. I love my congregation and denomination, but I’m consistently trying to balance my support for my mom’s ministry and my disillusionment with organized religion in general. I’m also repeatedly trying to explain why there aren’t more people of my generation in the church, as if I represent all millennials at my church, and I struggle to find the words. Your post helps me organize my thoughts. Thank you!

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