The final season just started this month, and already there’s some pretty outstanding talent. The other day I was catching up on the 2-minute audition clips and was amazed at a trend I was seeing.
There are a number of worship leaders from around the country auditioning for the show. That hasn’t been uncommon the last few years (think Danny Gokey and Kris Allen), but time and again at the bottom of the nationally aired auditions are “Creative Director" or "Worship Leader" listed as the performer’s profession.
There are a few interesting trends I think this calls into focus.
We’re not told the full story.
Amidst the hype and noise of Millennials leaving church or disengaging from institutional religion, we seem to hear less and less about the many young, talented people who are committed to their faith. They are many, they are in our churches, and are seeking ways to make an impact.
And for all that we hear about young people not marrying or having children, at least until later in life (both true), these folks standing on the X in front of the judges are married couples with beautiful marriages and families.
Young Christians are blurring sacred and secular
It’s interesting to see how trends often parallel themselves. There’s a growing movement in the Christian community to explore Faith and Work, and the Theology of Work. In other words, how ministry and faithful service is not just limited to church-based efforts or lectern presentations, but includes the engineer, the linguist, the scientist, etc. At the same time, we are seeing more and more Millennial Christians themselves blurring the lines between sacred and secular, and considering all things sacred and valuable.
Young Christians can often feel estranged
While the blurring of sacred and secular is happening, a lot of young people are not feeling the support of the church in their place in it. Often churches can unintentionally create an “us against the world” atmosphere, and demean or devalue work that is not “faith-based” or done outside the church doors. The young Christian science major, creative musician, or public policy student can quickly and unintentionally become grouped into the “them.” When we talk about the rise of the “nones,” and even the “dones,” this is playing no small part.
What other trends are you noticing or seeing? Are any of these popping up in your work?
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