“You do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If you do, the skins will burst, and the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. What you are to do is pour new wine into new wineskins. Then both are preserved.” – Jesus Christ
I happen to think that every generation needs (and deep down, wants) the message of life that Jesus Christ offers.
Who doesn’t want life to the fullest? The desire for life explains every single thing a human being does.
But not every generation seems to want to join the group that attempts to live in and live out that message of Christ (the church). According to a Thomas Rainer study:
- 65% of the Builder generation attends church
- 35% of the Boomer generation attends
- 15% of Generation X (my generation) attends
- 4% of the Millennials attend
The vote is in. At an exponential rate, the way we do church is not working as a wineskin for delivering the greatest message the world has ever known.
As you can see, the way we do church worked great for my grandparents generation. Most of them still go!
But 65% of my big brother’s and parents generations have stopped.
85% of my peers have, too. And a whopping 96% of young adults are just not having their hearts captured by the community of Christ the way they are offering it right now.
You can see why, generally speaking, the younger generations of people who have stuck with church are hungry for something new, and the older generation is usually more cautious about changing things.
More to come on this…but let me end this piece with the clear pronouncement that by CHANGE THINGS I do NOT mean anything as superficial as changing the worship style, or preaching style, or name of the church. If that stuff would work, it already would have. There is every worship & preaching style known to man available in the relatively small town I live in and it has NOT put a dent in the stats.
We must change much more meaningfully than that.