Meet the Millennial Generation (part 2)

The mission of the church is the same from generation to generation. Thankfully, our marching orders haven’t changed since the day our Savior uttered them.

Matthew 28:19-20  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Nearly 40% of those 18-29 are unemployed or out of the current workforce. Their entry into the workforce has been greatly affected by what economists call the Great Recession.

One interesting statistic that greatly affects local churches is the percentage that are married or not married. While 34% are parents only 21% are married, which is half  the number of the previous generation at the same stage of life. The reason why this is a telling statistic for the local church is that historically many people look to a church once they have entered the “marriage and children” stage of life. European churches have been greatly affected by the low marriage rate on their continent. According to the study though more than half of Millennials desire to be a “good parent”.

Millennials prefer to be considered less religious and more spiritual than previous generations.

Observations:

  • Even though there is a seemingly disinterest, we must be committed to reach this generation with the Gospel.
  • There is an opening to serve the Millennials, by helping to meet their as many are unemployed.
  • Continued mentoring, teaching and preaching regarding parenting will meet a need.
  • Patient and continued exposure on the Bible’s teaching of marriage is a necessity.

There are non-negotiables of ministry, such as, preaching and teaching of the Bible, refusing to be conformed to our culture and participating in the local church, no doubt, others could be listed. But each generation must know the distinctive qualities of its society too, much like a missionary would learn his country’s culture. This is the advantage of a cultural study on this rising generation called the Millennials. It would be foolish to pass out gospel tracts to a culture that does not have a written language or to a segment of society that does not read. So it is unwise to attempt to reach the current generation with methods that were used to reach previous generations. Remember principles remain the same, but methods change from era to era.

Detailed results of the study here.

2 Responses

  1. I fully agree with the closing comment. The pricinciples do remain the same for all ages. Jesus Christ spoke the language of His day. He sat down and ate with sinners. This applies that He meet people in their stage of life. I find in my own life it does require consant reminders that methods do change with culture. This in not the same Amercia my parents grew up in. This aritcle has challenged me to look outside my ‘norm’ and see people where they are at in life.

  2. Unfortunately, if we are in the mindset of being with church people. (I call it the church bubble). We forget that their are people who are hurting and in need of the Savior. Even though they do not look like us, or talk like us. They should all be accepted and welcomed as visitors in the church. Jesus Christ can save and change the lives of these people.
    Society has changed for the worse. People are less spiritual. The bus ministry proves that. Children go to church when they are young and many stop attending in the sixth grade. If they make it twelth grade, they will stop attending after graduating high school. These are the yound people that need to be reached and accepted in the church.

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