Millennials Need Worship that’s Been Around for Millennia

I would highly encourage our readers to head over and read this post. Why look to create new worship when true worship has existed for 2,000 years?


DSC01969 Thom Rainer, the current CEO of the Southern Baptist LifeWay story chain, recently wrote about what type of worship the so-called “Millennials” like. He defines a Millennial as anyone born between 1980 and 2000, essentially those who grew up watching the rise of the internet and technology, or the pre-9/11 generation. The entire article is very much worth the read and I believe he is accurate. All of it is summarized by one statement toward the end:

And you will hear Millennials speak less and less about worship style. Their focus is on theologically rich music, authenticity, and quality that reflects adequate preparation in time and prayer.

In other words, what young people want is a real worship experience, something that really strikes at the heart. The above statement is really unpacked earlier in the article, where Rainer states,

  1. They desire the music to have rich content. They desire to…

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2 thoughts on “Millennials Need Worship that’s Been Around for Millennia

  1. Hmm. Joel, this was my comment on their blog site. I’ll repeat it here for discussion.

    Having experienced that Divine Liturgy as a child growing up, I fail to see the connection the author is making. It felt to me as if I were on the outside watching priests and others act out a play. I accent ACT.

    I did not participate for the most part and even when I did, I was not being invited in but was another prop in the play.

    I do not think this is what millennials are looking for. While it may appear authentic, it was all very practiced. Obviously I am not a millennial, but as the father of two, I don’t think my experiences then are experiences they would value today.

    1. A good observation and a good point. I would respond and say that I think the original piece is dealing specifically with Orthodox Divine Liturgy; those of the Anglican/Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and other liturgical traditions tend to stray away (I’d say the Anglicans stray much further away than the Romans). Even so, it’s easy for priests to go through the motions, but the argument in the article is that this represents the spiritual condition and not the worship itself. The protestant evangelical worship seems to be empty by design, though it doesn’t need to be.

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