(CHRISTIAN TODAY) – Young people in the UK are more open to faith because they don’t have the preconceptions about church that their elders do, according to Birmingham minister Rachel Hughes.
With her husband Tim, Rachel Hughes is lead pastor of Gas Street Church in Birmingham, which has a vibrant congregation of younger people.
They were interviewed by Dr Krish Kandiah in connection with the launch of his book Faitheism and a survey showing post-millennials or ‘Generation Z’ are more positive about faith than older generations.
Rachel said: ‘They don’t have some of the baggage of growing up in church, particularly if that was a negative experience. I think of our generation and that phrase ‘innoculation against faith’.
She said she talked to her peers about church and ‘I can almost see that they are conceiving this idea of what church is like. And I’m like, no no no, it’s not that, it’s not what you experienced when you were 10 at school, it’s not what you were dragged along to, something very traditional, or something that was unappealing to children or young people. Church doesn’t have to be like that.