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.