“Baby Boomers believe that “witnessing” is usually a systematic presentation or outline. Millennials want to build growing relationships with unsaved people within existing communities.” These are the words of Mel Walker in his article “Making Disciples in a Millennial Generation” (VOICE magazine, March 2016).
A parallel concept is that older generations think in terms of evangelism taking place in the building, while Millennials take it to the “streets.” One approach is to bring people together for an event and the other approach is to simply reach people where they are in the context of natural relationships. The “building” approach lends itself to the systematic presentation since it is a program with a time limit. The strength of this is that the gospel is definitely delivered as a specific and definite message. The weakness of the “relational” approach is that the gospel may never be presented. The strength of this approach is that the person’s specific questions are answered.
Neither approach is right or wrong. Reaching people through existing communities leverages natural relationships. On the other hand, those natural relationships (especially family members) are often awkward and difficult to manage.
Ultimately, both approaches can be effectively used as long as the gospel is presented.
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