Christian Millennials and Their Spiritual Formation: Utilizing Expository Preaching to Impact British Columbian Mennonite Brethren Millennials
Rob Dyck is the Lead Pastor at Westwood Church in Prince George, BC and has served in pastoral ministry for twenty eight years. In pastoral ministry, he finds great joy in utilizing preaching as one transformative tool in the discipleship process. Together with his wife Leanne, a clinical counsellor, he enjoys spending time with his three young adult children and new son in law, competitive curling, coaching his son volleyball, camping, running, and driving highway semis when he has the opportunity.
This research project argues that expository preaching which is shaped around insightful biblical exegesis and applied with relevance, and which always points the listener to Jesus, while being embodied by authentic messengers, will contribute to the spiritual formation of British Columbian Mennonite Brethren (BCMB) Christian millennials. The results reveal that while only slightly more than half of the survey participants indicate that a sermon is a primary source of their spiritual formation, key aspects of sermon communication that contribute to their spiritual formation include exegetical depth, the centrality of Jesus, unapologetic engagement with culturally and morally divisive issues, and authenticity demonstrated by the preacher.