The Loneliness of Being a Millennial in Church

Great thoughts from a Millennial in ministry!

Sarah Howell-Miller

I often feel lonely in church.

Sometimes it has to do with my role. As a pastor, I have certain responsibilities to the people I serve, what we call the “sacred trust.” I try not to be someone other than who I really am, but there is still a sense in which I am never fully myself in church. And that can be lonely.

But what’s on my mind today isn’t the loneliness of being a pastor. I’ll save that for another post. What’s on my mind today is the loneliness of being a millennial in the mainline church.

There is a kind of grief that comes when you look around a room of hundreds of people united by a common identity for a common purpose and see hardly anyone within 10 years of your age. Mind you, I have no desire to be part of a community that is comprised solely…

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Prayer is not a phone conversation

God possesses an infuriating manner of not answering prayers sometimes. Especially if the answer is "no." Or "you decide." Often, I arrive at the point where a decision simply has to be made and God hasn't delivered a scroll from heaven with his decision, so I do what I think best. And immediately I have... Continue Reading →

Consumer Christianity

A lot of great insights from Jesse! Yes, there are real problems in American churches – Yes, there is always room for reform – Yes, BUT – when put in perspective, a lot of times we have it easy, we have it good. It’s always good to be able to see through the eyes of others, and when we do often our problems don’t seem so big or the solutions seem that much clearer. Great thoughts on what committing to Church community looks like (not a buffet!), on the value of persisting loyally even when in disagreement, on how to approach reform when problems are apparent, and how to keep in perspective what real persecution looks like!

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Consumer Christianity

I was listening to a lecture the other day by Francis Chan, a very popular nondenominational preacher. He was talking about how he and his family went to china to do some mission work because he wanted to help Christians who were in persecution. While he was there with them, he asked them to tell about a time they were socially or physically abused.

They looked at him like he was strange. Francis finally put together that the reason they looked at him so strange was because they have been abused countless times. They didn’t know which story to tell. Finally, one of them got up and talked about how 3 cops came in while about 20 of them were worshiping and all of the Christians started running in opposite directions screaming “you can’t scare me with heaven!” Then a girl told her last persecution story (from about…

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