What We Need is What Millenials Need, Too!

I read an article this morning on “Six Things Millenials Need From Pastors”.  The article listed The Gospel, Authenticity, Transparency, Passion, Effort and Love.  It dawned on me that Millenials need the same thing we need.

People said my “Boomer” generation would have trouble reaching the “Gen-Xers”, yet Marsha and I, over the years, have had no trouble connecting with that generation.  Many of those we have connected with call us “Mom” and “Dad”, reflecting a relationship we’ve taken very seriously, and we consider it a privilege to be spiritual parents to so many.  A friend of ours thought incredulous for us to think we have a “mom and dad anointing”, but I don’t know any other way to describe it.  The reality is, we extend to the the love, acceptance and forgiveness that was extended to us by Jesus Christ.  We don’t judge them, even when we may not agree with their lifestyle or their mindsets, but we recognize they are a work in progress.

I can’t help but think the Millenials can be reached with the same thing that has reached the Gen-Xers.  They want the same thing–love, acceptance and forgiveness.  They want to see their spiritual leaders exhibit the same thing we all want.  Unfortunately, however, Millenials are being labeled as self-centered, wanting everything handed to them, being awarded for  participation instead of effort.  And, because they are being labeled, they are often pre-judged before they are given a chance.

Instead of judging  Millenials, lets just love them, and give them the same things we need.  We all need Jesus; we all need purpose; we all need love, acceptance and forgiveness.  We all need the Gospel, authenticity, transparency, passion, effort and love.  Let’s work on meeting those needs in their lives, as well as our own.  After all, we’re all a work in progress.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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