Millennials are leaving church at record numbers and they are described as America’s least religious generation. But while they may be highly skeptical of religion, they are still thirsty to find meaning in life. Studies show it isn’t Jesus they’re rejecting, they’re rejecting churches that aren’t making themselves relevant to Millennial culture. Researcher and president of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom Rainer says three things matter the most to Millennials: content, authenticity, and quality.

While many churches think they need flashing lights and a worship concert to attract the younger generation, Rainer says that is simply not true. Millennials want a worship service that is contemplative and theologically rich. “They desire to sing those songs that reflect deep biblical and theological truths,” Rainer says. “Millennials speak less and less about worship style. Their focus is on theologically rich music.” READ MORE