By Brandon Enroth
Attendance at church has spiked for the millennial age group throughout the nation and churches are trying to figure out how those numbers can increase. According to a joint study by both the Pew Research Center, and the Barna group 35% of millennials (Americans born between 1981-1996) are religiously unaffiliated. Fish Creek Community Church Pastor Chris Leonard says that the church needs a new take a new approach when it comes to appealing to millennials.
Pastor Leonard went on to say that Fish Creek Community Church has begun adding multi-media to their services to appeal to a broad range of ages. “It is amazing to watch everyone in the pews talking to their neighbors then you put a video on the screen, all eyes become glued to the screen. That connects people instantly.” Leonard said that he also has used movie scenes, television show clips, and music to appeal to congregation members and believes this is a great way to start sermons, because people can instantly relate to it, which captures their attention. Leonard hopes that this approach can bring an increase in attendance numbers for church members in general, but specifically to millennials.