Millennials seek spiritual life, but not necessarily church

(Billings Gazette) The Rev. Kim Woeste, chaplain at Rocky Mountain College, says she works generally with three kinds of students.

Some have never gone to church and have no faith connection; some grew up in church and stay connected; and others grow up as part of a congregation but come to college and can’t find a church or don’t try.

That squares with national research that says more than half the Millennial generation — this year, ages 12 to 30 — don’t go to church, although many explore their spirituality in other ways. That challenges chaplains and pastors alike to creatively connect with people in that age group.

To engage with students in the third group, Woeste will occasionally invite students to try out a church in the community.  More often, she tries to provide a spiritual experience on campus.

Students meet Thursday nights for Fun and Faith, where they can snack, play games and ask questions about faith in a comfortable environment. [more]


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