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?