Crawford: We don’t need exotic schemes to reach millennials

 
I hope you’re sitting down for this. Millennial Matt Crawford, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sebring, says we don’t have to create exotic schemes to reach millennials for Christ. “I don’t know that millennials are so different as some of the talk about them makes them to be,” Pastor Matt said during a wide-ranging conversation as part of our Behind the Pulpit interview series. “Every young generation has its ways ...

Millennials: In search of a bigger God

 
In a recent blog post, Shaun Pillay, the new minister of evangelism and discipleship at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, shared his thoughts about engaging more millennials. You may recall that Shaun said millennials are looking for vibrancy, a sense of realness and something sacrificial. Here’s the link: http://gofbw.com/blog?id=1598 That makes millennials especially well-suited to taking part on mission trips, community outreach and church plants. Those things check all their boxes. But some of ...

Olive Baptist's response to engaging more millennials

 
Like most pastors, Ted Traylor has been prayerfully considering how to keep more millennials engaged in the church. I spent time recently with Dr. Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist in Pensacola, and he took the opportunity to introduce me to Shaun Pillay, his new minister of evangelism and discipleship. He wants Shaun to spend a lot of time with what he calls the under-40 crowd at Olive. I asked Shaun what that group is looking for when it comes to ...

Pastor Willy: Churches need to give 20-somethings the chance to lead

 
The millennial generation presents unique challenges for a lot of churches. So, when I met recently with Willy Rice, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Clearwater, I wanted to make sure I asked what they were doing to minister in this critical area. As during other parts of our interview, Pastor Willy was candid in his responses. “A church like ours, which is a multigenerational church that has been there for 150 years last year, we’re asking: How ...