The Challenge of Sharing Faith in America Today | Influence Podcast


“Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism Is Wrong,” reads the headline of a storyabout a new report from Barna Group. Titled Reviving Evangelism, that report details the erosion of support for evangelism among next-generation Christians. In Episode 169 of the Influence Podcast, I’ll be talking about this report with David Kinnaman.

David is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. He is also the author of several bestselling books, including Good Faith,You Lost Me, and unChristian. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

P.S. This podcast is cross-posted form InfluenceMagazine.com with permission.

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Five Tensions Churches Must Manage to Successfully Engage Millennials | Influence Podcast


America is in the midst of a generational sea change. Baby Boomers are no longer the nation’s largest generational cohort. Instead, Millennials are.

Unfortunately, Millennials are the least religious generational cohort in our nation’s history. If the Church wants to reach Millennials, it cannot rely on strategies that worked with Boomers. The generations are simply too different.

In today’s episode, Influencemagazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Geoff Surratt about five tensions churches must manage to successfully engage Millennials.

Together with his wife, Sherry, Geoff is the founder of Ministry Together, which “partners with “ministry leaders for relational health, organizational growth and Kingdom impact.” He is also author of the free e-book, The Church Will Thrive.

Monday’s Influence Online Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

  • Matt Marcantonio offers some good advice for overcoming the generation gap at church.
  • I interview Kristi Northup about worship ministry pet peeves for the #InfluencePodcast.
  • Christina Quick notes a Pew Research report that finds evangelical Millennials more liberal on some issues than older evangelicals.

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Religion Among the Millennials


The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new report yesterday: Religion Among the Millennials. (Millennials are people born in 1981 or later.) You can view the introduction and overview here, or the full report here. The subtitle of the report gets at the gist of it: Less Religiously Active Than Older Americans, But Fairly Traditional In Other Ways. This report is one in a series of ongoing reports from the Pew Forum’s ongoing Project: Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next.