A Role of the Pastor Is to Encourage Millennial-Age Individuals to Volunteer in Their Congregations
God in His Word promised His love to all generations through the Savior Jesus. As pastors seek to bring that saving Word to all generations, they find unique challenges in each age grouping. At this time, the millennial generation, those born roughly between 1980 and 1995, are a challenge for congregations. Pastors struggle to figure out new ways to engage millennials. Pastors strongly desire their participation in congregational life, but do not always understand how to communicate with them. A frustrated pastor could err by throwing up his hands in disgust and lack of hope for this generation of individuals. This would be missing all the wonderful talents they have to offer God’s Church. Where does a pastor turn to learn about this group of misunderstood Christians? He can turn to sociological data for help. However, the stereotypes abound in sociological sources. The only way to learn about these individuals is to let them speak from their hearts. As they speak to their pastors, the truth becomes evident: millennials desire to be equipped for service. For that reason, this thesis first investigates the current sociological data available on millennials. It continues by reviewing the responses of one hundred millennials to a survey that was taken. Finally, after analysis of the responses, the essayist provides a biblical response to trends that are visible. The facts presented will point to one possible conclusion: An important role of the pastor is to encourage millennials to volunteer in their congregations.