Ministry to the Millennials and the Church

Greg Strand – March 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Much has been written about the millennials. Among evangelicals, the concerns raised are about church and participation in the church.

An attempted solution to this potential and real problem is to make the young and millennial the focus of the ministry of the church.

In responding to contemporary questions, it is wise to take a longer view historically in seeking a response. History has a way of clearing the fog and bringing greater clarity to a present-day issue. C. S. Lewis insightfully noted that this is important to do not because the old is better or necessarily right, but rather because it provides some perspective.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has influenced many. Reading The Cost of Discipleship as a college student shaped and formed me in profound ways. Bonhoeffer has important things to say about making young people the focus of the church and its ministry, as well.

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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