5 Ways To Share Your Faith With Millennials
Have you ever wondered if your age affects how you share your faith?
For example, does a teenager talk about their relationship with Jesus differently than someone in their fifties or sixties?
We think so.
That’s why we have developed a new tool to help leaders of every age influence the next generation.
Influence is a new platform by The Pocket Testament League teaching practical evangelism in short videos and shareable content.
It’s no secret that Millennials don’t share their faith like older generations. In fact, statistics show that nearly seven out of 10 Millennial Christians will walk away from their faith after high school.
Translation: Even if they were raised in a Christian home, today’s young people may not be familiar with the Bible.
We believe there is an amazing opportunity to share what God is doing in each of our lives. Here are five ways that you can share your faith. For more practical tips, sign up for our free online course at ptl.org/influence!
1. Tell you story.
You may refer to it as your “testimony”, but to a Millennial, it’s just your personal experience. No one can refute your beliefs if they understand that it comes from a deeply personal relationship, an experience, or a specific transformation you have experienced. Millennials respect experience and want to hear why you believe through your story.
2. Avoid overtly Christian language.
As believers, it’s easy to take for granted that we recognize what it means to be “saved” or understand the concept of sin. Millennials have been labeled a post-Christian generation. That means they haven’t been exposed to even cultural Christianity. Use terms and phrases that make a relationship with Jesus sound accessible—not something that takes insider lingo and maybe a secret handshake.
3. Ask questions.
Millennials may have an incorrect idea about what it means to be a Christian or who Jesus is. Ask questions to engage them and help bring clarification on why Jesus had to come to earth. Great questions include asking them if they think everyone has a purpose or if they believe there is an intelligent design behind the universe.
4. Invite them to ask questions.
Millennials have lots of questions about religion. This generation was raised to respect spirituality and question religion. Many young people don’t think you can have questions and be a Christian. Invite them to ask questions—even if you don’t know the answer, offer to find the answer with them!
5. Know where to point them.
Millennials respect the wisdom and input of older generations. It’s actually a huge myth that they don’t care what Baby Boomers have to say. However, it is always easier for a fellow Millennial to relate to them. We include a full list of resources in Influence for where to point Millennials who are curious about Jesus. Make sure you sign up to experience our newest resource!
God has a plan for each generation—and every individual within that generation. In 1 Corinthians 9:20, Paul shared, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law”.
We are to be intentional about being relevant with how we share what God has done in our lives. Share with us on our Facebook page how you are actively sharing your testimony!