Authenticity isn’t just a “Millennial thing.” In fact, I’m technically not a Millennial – at 36 I’m a little past. (But, I’m a woman and I just shared my age. I’m being authentic here, people.) Authenticity is more about values and culture than it is about what a generation demands. Millennials may have shouted for authenticity louder than the rest, but all generations in your church are looking for it.
In Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, one of the opening chapters is, “Cultivating Authenticity – Letting Go of What People Think.” Brown shares, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”