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The Connected Generation Can the Church Log In?. PewResearchCenter A Portrait of Generation Next Confident. Connected. Open to Change. February 2010.

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1 The Connected Generation Can the Church Log In?

2 PewResearchCenter A Portrait of Generation Next Confident. Connected. Open to Change. February 2010

3 Generational Names The Millennial Generation The Millennial Generation – Those born after 1980 Generation X Generation X – Born from 1965 through 1980 Baby Boomer Baby Boomer – Fertility boom between 1946 to 1964 The Silent Generation The Silent Generation – Born 1928 through 1945 The Greatest Generation The Greatest Generation – Those born before 1928

4 Age Demographics N Total Population =100 34,695 Protestant =100 18,494 Evangelical Churches =100 9,281 Mainline Churches =100 7,271 Hist. Black Churches =100 1,942 Catholic =100 7,856 Mormon = Jehovah’s Witness = Orthodox =

5 Millennial’s Priorities

6 Daily Prayer Among Young Adults

7 Religious Affiliation – by Decade

8 Belief in God

9 Scripture Reading, Prayer, Meditation

10 Views of Scripture

11 Beliefs about Afterlife, Miracles, and Angels and Demons

12 Views of Homosexuality

13 Views on Abortion

14 Evolution, Hollywood and Size of Government

15 Young Leaders’ Heroes Franklin Delano Roosevelt (15.6%) Abraham Lincoln (11.4%) John F. Kennedy (9.9%) By Historic Circumstance: Military Leader (36%) Founding Father (14%) Social Change Leader (10%) Religious Leader (1%)

16 Life Context Lowered Economic Expectation Heightened Personal Expectation First “Always Connected” Generation Newspaper & TV passe – Niche News 75% Use Social Networking Site

17 Seeking Gemeinschaft in Gesellschaft Virtual “Friends” Common Interests over Kinship Non-Geographical Affiliation World Café Consensus Building Homogeneity ≠ Unity Fluid Identity: Culturally, Politically, Racially, Religiously

18 Millennial “Spirit Quest” Characteristics Global/Local Faith in Action Non-Parochial Interfaith Reasoned Spirituality to Mystical “Worthy Adventure” Symbolic Ritual vs Non-Linear Thought Devotional Meditation

19 Millennial Spirit Quest Expressions Symbolic Witness Electronic Presence Traditional Moral Values / Unusual Application


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