MembersYoung Messianics Leaving the Movement

A disturbing number of young Messianic Jewish adults are leaving the Messianic movement in Israel.

By David Lazarus |
Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

According to Eitan Bar, Director of the Media & Evangelism Departments for One For Israel, a “huge” number of Messianic believers between the ages of 20-30 no longer regularly attend any of the local Messianic congregations in Israel.

Bar, who together with his team are reaching tens of thousands of young adults in Israel with the gospel through social media, conducted a survey to find out why so many young adults who believe in Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) choose not to attend a local Messianic congregation. Here are some of their reasons.

 

Less Ceremony, More Friendship

 The “preacher in front of a congregation” style of congregational meetings tends to “irk” some young Messianics in Israel. Instead of the 45-60 minute sermon, they suggest having more dialogue and interactive teaching models. Some complain that “the sermons are long and tiresome” and that time spent on “doing church” comes at the expense of having quality time together as brothers and sisters in the Lord.

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