Meet the Millennial Generation (part 1)

Statistics that give us a window into people’s mind and thoughts can be extremely helpful. One helpful study was recently published. While I am convinced that what our country needs is spirit-filled preaching accompanied by men who live holy lives, it is also helpful to understand the generation that we are seeking to reach because it gives churches awareness to the moral and religious climate that our country is heading towards.

The Pew Research Center just came out with their results on one of the most in-depth studies of the Millennials. Millennials are those adults between the ages of 18 – 29. They were born after 1980.  A helpful breakdown of the generations look something like this…

  • Millennials (Generation Y) – those born after 1980
  • Generation X – those born between 1965 – 1980
  • Boomers – those born between  1945 – 1965
  • Silent Generation – those born between 1928 – 1945
  • The Greatest Generation – those born pre-1928

The Millennial Generation is more ethnically and racially diverse than previous generations with most being raised by a single parent. They tend to be less religious and will most likely be the most educated generation in the history of our country. With an estimated number of 50 million, the Millennials are known as the “always-connected” generation. With a cell phone constantly within reach, 75% are known to be connected to a social networking site of some kind (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, Twitter) and 2/3 admit to texting while driving.

Initial Observations:

  1. While highly connected with technology, many Millennials are deprived of meaningful relationships.
  2. Because of their self-described “irreligiousness,” local churches must be creative and strategic in their outreach and yet still hold to biblical guidelines.
  3. We must be willing to adapt and use technology in a Scriptural way that reaches another generation, much like our spiritual heritage used print media and radio to preach the Gospel.

To be continued…

You can find detailed results of the study here.

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