The Millennial Church Exodus

By Elaine Baldwin | @elainehbaldwin

This is a unique weekly One Another Living challenge and not the type of challenge I will be asking you to consider often. But, when something comes across my path that is a practical application of one another living, I want to let you know about it and leave the rest up to God and you.

This is Caleb Jennings Breakey and his wife Birttney. I met Caleb online through our mutual membership in the American Christian Fiction Writers community.

ACFW members will recognize his name. He is a 2012 Genesis Award Finalist in the Speculative Fiction category. What you may not know is that Caleb also writes non-fiction targeted to his own generation-The Millennials. His first book is “Following Jesus Without Leaving the Church” and will be released by Harvest House Publishers in the fall of 2013.

But Caleb isn’t satisfied with just writing about the massive exodus of Millennials from the church, he wants to do something about it. We all know the 18-32 age group is leaving the local church in droves and many of us have sons and daughters among those who have left or are considering leaving. But how many of us are doing anything concrete about it? Maybe we don’t know what to do or where to even begin.

And that is where Caleb has taken up the challenge and is making a difference!

He wants to challenge Millennials not to abandon The Body of Christ, but rather to engage in the battle for The Church. He can do this as one Millennial to another. He understands their frustration and disillusionment because he’s been there. But he stayed in the battle and is impacting Christ’s Body to return to authentic discipleship in Jesus the Christ. He can’t do this alone and he is smart enough not to even try.

Caleb has set up a Webpage explaining his ministry and project needs. I tell you up front that one of the needs is resources. I am not challenging you to provide money to his project. That is between you and God.

What I am challenging you to do is go to this Link…read about what God and Caleb are pursuing and then ask yourself what are you doing?

What are you doing this week to make a difference in the battle for The Body of Christ? Who are you going to impact this week? Whose life is going to be better because they crossed your path this week? In fact, that is the bottom line One Another Living challenge for every week, not just this week.

What can you do this week to build up The Church? Are you up to this challenge?

I applaud Caleb for his passion, foresight and his solution minded vision. And I thank God for you as you choose to make a difference this week!

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