Recently I read yet another article that advises churches how to “attract” young people.
“Attraction” is not a biblical category. The Bible calls on churches to teach the young, to exhort the young, and to entrust the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the young. But it doesn’t tell us to attract the young. I think it realizes that we can’t.
In John 6:44 Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
So if the Church has no pool of spiritual magnetism with which to “attract” the young, what can it do?
Preach the Word. Administer the sacraments. Pray. Do these things faithfully, and trust that God knows who are His. He will give the increase, drawing unto Himself all those whom He delights to save through faith in Jesus.
Either the Holy Spirit, using the Word, sacraments, and prayer, is sufficient or He is not.
He has been sufficient for 2000 years.
But lately we’ve lost confidence in Him. So now it depends on us. And we’re looking in vain for magnets.