Keeping the Faith: Millennials leaving the church

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When you go to church, most people enjoy the comfort zones of sitting in the same pews and singing the same songs. .

But that comfort zone is not always welcomed by others. Local 8 News Anchor Alan Williams elaborated on the topic in his weekly series, Keeping the Faith.

For many, Sunday services may seem more like informal gatherings that are becoming appealing to millennials.

Huffington Post said the number of self-identified Christians is the lowest ever among this age group. They reported millennials are searching for real truth.

Experts say millenials simply want a place that cares about them.

Tim Miller pastors Sevier Heights North, a campus of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.

"I would say three of the ingredients we try to incorporate into this campus, is an appealing setting. Number two an engaging presentation. Number 3 is helpful biblical content. Our goal isn't just to fill the people in the room with knowledge," said Miller.

recklessalive.com said 59 percent of millennials raised in the church have dropped out, because they claim nobody is listening.

People say values and mission statements are fine, but millenials also claim some churches aren't as interested anymore in helping the poor. They also say they want to be mentored, not preached at.

"It's not that I disagree with the articles - I just think we need to be careful differentiating between certain age groups and generations.
All people are looking for the same thing. At the end of the day, the people are looking for purpose and meaning and the church needs to find a way to communicate that with clarity."