For the past 30 years, there have been varying levels of reluctance towards pastors who preach on the topics of money and possessions. This reluctance began with people being turned off on the topic as a result of the televangelist scandals of the 1980s. Fast forward to today, many skeptics are either coming back to church or testing the claims of Christ for the very first time. As a result, there is concern that discussing the topic could confirm any pre-conceived fears these individuals may have and repel them from our churches.
When it comes to skepticism, no group appears more skeptical than millennials. So the question begs, do millennials really want pastors to teach on money and possessions? The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!
Recently, we produced a free resource for pastors and church leaders entitled The Millennial Handbook: 16 Ways To Engage Millennials On Stewardship. The following are some of the responses to the question asked above about why millennials deeply desire you teach them the topic of stewardship:
- This is the first time they have ever had money. Many simply do not know what to do with it. They need help knowing how to steward it well.
- Millennials are the next generation of church leaders. Churches can dramatically their discipleship by investing in and engaging them in leadership experiences.
- Because of the Great Recession, millennials have trust issues. So do many of us but they came-of-age during one of the worst financial crises in American history. This would obviously create a sense of skepticism to institutions and their relationship to money.
- Millennials are burdened by massive amounts of student loan debt. In addition, they are entering a challenging job market. They need a plan to get out of the slavery of debt.
Generosity is what you want for people, not from them. Once again, millennials desperately want you to teach them what the Bible says about money and possessions. Your messages have the power to reduce their stress and position them to unleash countless resources which will bless a broken and hurting world.
What is one thing you learned from the four answers above that will help you better disciple your millennials and enhance your culture of generosity? To receive the entire ebook - The Millennial Handbook: 16 Ways To Engage Millennials On Stewardship - at no cost click HERE.