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Presentation given to at the Center for Congregations meeting 3/7/12

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  • MillennialsAmerica’s next largest generation seeks change through hope, knowledge, and authenticity.
  • 1. Gain an understanding of the 4 adult generations interacting today and what makes each important to your church2. Discuss the differences between younger Millennials and their older counterparts3. Develop a plan for attracting and marketing to Millennials
  • • Important events included: – The Great Depression – WWII – Disney releases it’s first animated feature (Snow White) – The Korean War – Sputnik went into OrbitYou might be a veteran if…• You have the ability to entertain yourself without a TV, in fact you remember the days before TV• Popular Technology: Radio
  • • Important events included: – Man walks on the Moon – Civil Rights – Woodstock – Deaths of JFK and Martin Luther King – Vietnam War beginsYou might be a Boomer if you can complete these sentences…• When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on the ______show• "Get your kicks, ________________”• Popular Technology: Television
  • • Important events: – The Cold War (remember getting under your desk?) – Challenger Shuttle Explodes on Takeoff – Berlin Wall Dismantled – Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe – U.S. Troops go to Persian Gulf for the 1st time – AIDS IdentifiedYou might be a Gen Xer if…• Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language. – I know what a Bill (sittin’ up on Capital Hill) is thanks to that show!!Popular Technology: Computers
  • • Important Events: – Death of Princess Diana – Death of Mother Teresa – Columbine – 9/11 – World Trade Center Attacks – War begins in Iraq for a 2nd timeYou might be a Millennial if…• Blog, Facebook, IMing, text messaging, and other social media are a regular part of your daily life• Popular Technology: The internet, cell phones
  • • Looking for meaningful work• Seeking challenge• Chance to prove themselves and show they can perform well• Enjoys contact with people• Desire to be in a position of responsibility• Resents being looked at as though they have no experience• Tends to be more job mobile• Less respectful of authority Who does this describe?
  • Training and Development Journal Sorry Boomers, the other generations in the workforce didn’t like you when you started working!Every generation that enters the workforce makes waves!
  • What Make’s Millennials Different?
  • 94% of Millennials state they respect older generations
  • Statistically Speaking…• Young adults today are less church-connected than prior generations were when they were in their 20s. (65% rarely attend church)• Millennials are just about as spiritual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages. (72% believe they are more spiritual than religious)• Millennials are significantly more likely than young adults in earlier generations to say they don’t identify with any religious group.
  • young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews.They are seeking a place of creativity and critical thinking,and a space free from judgment.
  • What Does this Mean for your Church?
  • According to research, Millennials feel that churches should “focus their engagement on actions that serve the common good or speak up for the oppressed rather than opposing a controversial issue because of theological objections.”
  • Deeper TRUTH
  • Jennifer Fisher jenniferlfisher@live.comDownload this presentation from: Twitter: JenfisherfwBlog: www.generationalsoup.com