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Millennial Generation

The Millennial Generation are people born approximately 1983-2005.

They are distinguished from the Greatest' Generation (1900-1925), Silent Generation (1925-1945), Boomer Generation (1945-1960) and Buster 'Gen X' Generation (1960-1983).

Each generation has predominant characteristics.

Characteristics of the Millennial Generation:

• Most important thing to Millennials is relationships. Strong family, strong friends. Group oriented. Always connected.

• Upbeat, positive, happy. But realists. Confident.

• Tolerant and respectful. Diversity is good. Weary of other generations’ conflicts within families, politics and religion. Not quick to place blame. Quick to bring people together. Peace-makers.

• Smart, teachable, want to learn from elders. Critical thinkers, always questioning, always learning. Hi-tech. Best educated and capable generation in human history.

• Need constant feedback on how they are doing. Need frequent strokes of encouragement to be energized.

• Not as self-absorbed and materialistic as parent generation. Want to make money, but not primarily for accumulating things and status, but for lifestyle that allows ample time for relationships, recreation, travel, education and community service. Greater savings, more conservative spending. Good balance between work and pleasure. Desire to serve society. Look beyond self to others.

• Concerned about social justice, environment and health. Want to do great things, want to change the world. Hopeful about the future. Success not defined by wealth, power or fame, but by making great contributions to the common good.

• Impatient. Want to do things now. Resist being held back by seniority and negative thinking.

• Spiritually agnostic. Religion unimportant and irrelevant. Don’t think much about it. Most raised in families with little or no church involvement. Don’t see how Bible is connected to the real world.

• Hodgepodge of beliefs, very diverse, difficult to label. Don’t think any one person or book is the ultimate authority. Post-modern (every person has his or her own truth; there are few absolutes). Live with high degree of uncertainty, ambiguity and change; that’s ok, that’s life.

• Jesus as a good moral teacher, good principles. One of the ways to God. Much confusion regarding who Jesus really is.

• Only 50% of millennials believe Jesus was sinless. Only 24% believe Bible is the written Word of God and totally accurate in all it teaches. But most believe in a literal heaven and hell, resulting from good and bad things done in this lifetime.

• 65% say they are ‘Christian’ (broadest sense of the term). 20% say they are ‘born-again,’ including 6% who say they are ‘evangelical.’

• Don’t like inwardly focused institutional church. See church as myopic, unthinking, defensive and hypocritical. Most unchurched generation in America.

• Among adults who were regular church attenders as teenagers, 61% became spiritually disengaged (don’t attend church, pray or read Bible) by mid-20’s. Most leave and don’t come back.

• Only 11% of those who left the church did so during college years. Almost 90% were lost in middle school and high school.

• Only about 15% of the 80 million millennials in the U.S. today subscribe to traditional Christian beliefs. Even though a small minority, a potent force for the church because they are passionate about their faith. Want to move closer to New Testament Christianity. Will not wait on tired, established churches to get the work done.

• Community should not be a place to look for prospects to help the church, but a place where Christians are called to serve and minister. Not satisfied with missions that just pay others to do the work.

Books about why they

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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith

By David Kinnaman and Aly Hawkins

 

unChristian: What a NewGeneration Really thinks about Christianity and Why it Matters

By David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

 

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

By Kenda Creasy Dean

 

The Next Christians: Seven Ways you Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World

By Gabe Lyons

 

Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith

By Drew Dyck

 

Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

By Thom Rainer and Sam Rainer

 

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