The Millennials - No, we are not talking Aliens

I just recently finished a book titled The Millennials:Connecting to America's Largest Generation. The Millennial Generation are those ...

I just recently finished a book titled The Millennials:Connecting to America's Largest Generation.
The Millennial Generation are those people who are born between 1980 -2000. There was 77.5 milllion live births that have occurred during that time period. That is more than the Baby Boomer generation, which had 75 million live births. So anyone who wants to reach this generation needs to pay attention to what Thom & Jess Rainer have to say. This upcoming generation will be making a big impact in all areas, socially, politically, financially and certainly in the church. This father and son team interviewed 1,200 18 - 25 year old millennials and complied information from the interviews to give an accurate view of what this generation values.  It  tackles subjects like politics, family, faith, money, media and the workplace. I am a Gen X adult who has been observing and working with youth for the last 20 years. Much of what they found out about this generation confirms what I have seen in my work. I will leave you with what churches must do in order to attract millennials which the authors believe are radical in their Christianity:
1. Become radically committed to the community: called  to serve and minister to the community, they embrace churches that teach members to love the community, not just look at the community as another population pool from which growth in attendance and budget can come.
2. Go deep in biblical teaching: the millennials want to be pushed out of their comfort zone, they want to be challenged through scripture.
3. Love the Nations: to be involved with missions around the world, getting their hands and feet dirty as well as in giving money.
4. Direct revenue outwardly: Does the majority of the finances minister to those outside the church? Millennials want to see others benefit from money given to the church. What is interesting about this is that 6 out of 10 millennials interviewed supported a nonprofit organization in the past 12 months. So they do"put their money where their mouth is". They believe in financially supporting causes not just talking about it.
5. Leadership to demonstrate transparency, humility and integrity: Many millennials mentioned humility to be the virtue of importance for the church and church leaders.
If you are interested in current culture and reaching people for Jesus than this book is for you.



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Cindy Fincher: The Millennials - No, we are not talking Aliens
The Millennials - No, we are not talking Aliens
Cindy Fincher
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