Does church need to be cool?

seminary-students-reading-book-of-mormon-on-busThere are lots of online conversations happening this week surrounding Millennials and church (any church), and whether they’ll “stay or leave.” (original CNN article found here). One blogger said what I think anyone really wants from a church, regardless of age: “I can say with confidence that when it comes to church, we don’t want cool as much as we want real.” Nail-on-head. That’s the same reason I go to church. It may not be as fun as other activities (Mormons spend three hours at church on Sunday, more if you have additional church responsibilities), but I go because faith is important to me, and it needs to be real.

I once had the opportunity to ask a senior leader of the Mormon Church what is the biggest concern the Church leaders have when it comes to youth. His response: “We’re concerned that our youth aren’t being taught enough straight-forward, honest, real doctrine. We’re concerned that adults who are called to teach and guide the youth sometimes try to sugar-coat things, or look for ‘cool’ ways to teach principles, when all the youth are yearning for is simple, real truths that they can’t get anywhere else.” 

I go because it provides me the opportunity to recommit myself to following Christ and renew the promises I made at baptism. I go because it lifts me, and the people there lift me. I go because I feel others need to be lifted, and maybe there’s something I can do to help. I go because, as that blogger said, I’m seeking real doctrine, things that help me be a better Christian, a better citizen, a better husband, a better son and father. I go because I believe it to be true, the Lord’s church on the earth.

Pretty simple, and real. What keeps you going to church?


One thought on “Does church need to be cool?

  1. I go because I know it’s true. I know the Lord is at its head and I know that’s where he wants me to be. That’s where I’ve made commitments to serve in my callings, which I believe come from the Lord. And I love the people.

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