What Gabe Melian and the other core members of Overflow have found in their year of ministry in Florida is that many Millennials won’t be receptive to your message until you’ve earned their trust as a person.
“We want to share God’s story through everyday life,” Melian says. “We don’t want to see church as just a Sunday event as much as we want to see church and faith permeate every aspect of their lives.”
A lot of time goes into correcting negative stereotypes of Christians that have arisen in recent years.
“People have ideas of what church is like, especially young adults, and a lot of times it’s negative because of these perceptions. But when they meet a Christian, when they meet a group of people that call themselves Christ-followers and just accept people and love them and spend time with them regardless of what they believe or whether they’re going to end up coming to your church or not, they really open up and you begin to change their perception of the church.”
For Overflow, social events and friendships have been the greatest tool to breaking down these prejudices.
“We’ve seen that a lot. We’ve seen atheists, we’ve seen gay people, we’ve seen people from other faiths, Buddhists, that are just like, ‘man, I used to have this perception of Christians and the church but since I’ve met you guys, I’ve just been way more open to considering some of the things that you guys talk about.’