Generations (UMC Imagine Indiana Planning Team Resource 2006)

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Generations (UMC Imagine Indiana Planning Team Resource 2006)

  1. 1. Generations Compiled by: David V. W. Owen Executive Assistant to Bishop Coyner Mark L. Eutsler Imagine Indiana Planning Team
  2. 2. The Generations <ul><li>Age groups defined by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book, Generations , which are characterized by a shared coming of age experience. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Builders (born 1901 to 1924) <ul><li>The generation who built most of the major institutions of the 20th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Big business, big government, big unions, big universities, big churches... (Strauss and Howe call this group, GIs). </li></ul><ul><li>Age 82 plus </li></ul><ul><li>How many in your Church? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Silents (born 1925 to 1942) <ul><li>The generation who supported and faithfully served the builders. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained the greatness of Business, institutions, churches given to them by the previous generation. </li></ul><ul><li>Age 64-81 </li></ul><ul><li>How many in your Church? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Boomers (born 1943 to 1960) <ul><li>The generation of idealists. Born and raised during the postwar boom era. </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced unprecedented economic/educational/employment opportunties. </li></ul><ul><li>Success measured by achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Age 46-63 </li></ul><ul><li>How many in your Church? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Survivors (born 1961 - 1981) <ul><li>The neglected children of the younger silent's and the boomers. </li></ul><ul><li>Their parents were so busy in pursuit of the self that they left their children to fend for themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Quite good at surviving. </li></ul><ul><li>Age 25-45 </li></ul><ul><li>How many in your Church? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Millennial (born 1982-- 2001) <ul><li>The youngest living generation, they will have a different childhood. </li></ul><ul><li>Those on the early end of this generational cohort will suffer from the fiscal crises of our public institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>The home environment is changing as more value is placed on family and the care of children. </li></ul><ul><li>Age 5-24 </li></ul><ul><li>How many in your Church? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Z Generation (born after 911) <ul><li>While this generation is not yet defined it will grow into a world following 911. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be influenced by the need for security, global awareness, and the need to be connected relationally. </li></ul><ul><li>Other characteristics will emerge as this generation enters the educational process. </li></ul>
  9. 9. A UM Congregation by Age <ul><li>10% over 80 (Builders) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 64-80 (Silent) </li></ul><ul><li>30% 46-63 (Boomers) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 30-45 (Survivors) </li></ul><ul><li>10% 20-30 (Survivors/Millen) </li></ul><ul><li>10% under 20 (Millennials-Z) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Predominant Values by Age <ul><li>Builders (over 80) value Project </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) value Protecting Project </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) value Cause </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) value Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) value Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) value TBD </li></ul>
  11. 11. Annual Replacement Percentages by Age Necessary for Growth <ul><li>Builders (over 80) </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / 10% </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – 20% </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) / 40% </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Key Characteristics by Age <ul><li>Builders (over 80) </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / Autocratic </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Entrepreneurial </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) / Outsourcers </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) –TBD </li></ul>
  13. 13. Church Relationships by Age <ul><li>Builders (over 80) Loyal no matter </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / what </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Left Church </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) Do not </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30)– know </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) / church </li></ul>
  14. 14. Are the Generations Different? <ul><li>Educational Level </li></ul><ul><li>World View </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding/experience of The Church </li></ul><ul><li>Family Life </li></ul>
  15. 15. Key Values Across Generations <ul><li>Significance </li></ul><ul><li>Does my life count? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I make a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Self-actualizing </li></ul><ul><li>Right way (sense of what to embrace & avoid) </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of the Other (something beyond me) </li></ul><ul><li>Language (symbolic language, i.e. liturgy) </li></ul>

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