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The Millennials. G. I. Generation – 1901-1924 (ages 85-108) Silent Generation – 1925-1942 (ages 67-84) Boomers – 1943-1960 (ages 49-66) Generation X –

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1 The Millennials

2 G. I. Generation – (ages ) Silent Generation – (ages 67-84) Boomers – (ages 49-66) Generation X – (ages 28-48) Millennials – (ages 7-27) Homeland – (Ages 6 and under)

3 Silents – view Boomers as self-absorbed, share too much information, question authority Boomers – view Silents as rigid/dictatorial, company men, accept party line Boomers – view Gen Xers as too impatient, throw out tried and true, not “company”/fickle Gen Xers – view Boomers as inflexible to change/ say the right thing to the right person, don’t have a life Gen Xers – view Millennials as too spoiled/self-absorbed, too “Me”, entitled Millennials – view Gen Xers as cynical/negative, no fun Millennials – view Boomers as worth listening to, “buddies”, models

4 One of the top rappers is white The number one golfer is black The tallest player in the NBA is Chinese Russia and China lobby for peace The President of the United States of America is bi- racial Millennials are Culture-Blind (Make up half the World’s Population!)

5 Digital Natives Cell Phones, BlackBerry, iPhone MP3 Players/iPods Texting/Sexting Web Surfing Twitter MySpace/Facebook (Social Networks) Finger on the pulse of the World Right Here/Right Now Generation

6 Being an example of the Word through the secular world. Being a light to non-Christians.

7 Experiential – No lectures, “experience the experience” Participatory – Be part of the outcome, vote Multi-Media – In 2007, watched 35 movies for every book they read (books made into movies) Connected – In relations and technology, in community and online

8 A place of worship A place where modeling of worship is exhibited A way to redefine their faith A way to reinvent their faith Worship intimacy not novelty

9 Religion is a choice, not an obligation Denominations and other religious labels are not important In authenticity, honesty, and humility more than an authoritarian leader Religion should address justice and equality

10 Denominations and religious labels are not necessarily important Religion is a choice, not obligation Authenticity, honesty, and humility are more important than an authoritarian leader Religion should address justice and equality

11 Sundays only is not enough Being with family is important (Helicopters) Want multiple, worthwhile activities There should be a deeper meaning Feel free to attend other “churches” or services and are tolerant of other cultures and religions

12 When did it first occur? What was the point of changing and what did it reap? A change is occurring again

13 Most creative in using Media 1951 Hour of Decision on radio to television 1957 televised a crusade 1989 live link by satellite from London Embraces technology with the Old Standard

14 A ministry group with Group Publishing 1,000,000 Millennials by 2010 R.E.A.L. program – Relational, Experiential, Applicable, Learner-Based Cited research: 10% retain what is heard, media use raises the average to 25%, direct experience raises the average to 80-90%

15 62% identify with some variant of Christianity On a monthly basis – 68% talk about religion 64% pray before meals 55% read religious related books, newspapers, magazines

16 Optimists Rule Followers (Thrive on Structure) Volunteers and Servants Accepting of Authority Most Protected in History Bright Loyal (brands) “Heroes” Accepting of All (Diversity)

17 Denomination or Non-denomination Music Scripture Message Millennials demand – ritual value spirituality

18 1. UNDERSTAND YOURSELF and YOUR BELIEFS 2. ENGAGE THEM (INTENTIONALLY) 3. LISTEN 4. ASK QUESTIONS 5. CLARIFY WHAT HAS BEEN SAID 6. IMPART TOOLS OF DECISION MAKING 7. PRATICE SPIRITUAL FORMATION 8. AFFIRM LAVISHLY and CORRECT SPARINGLY (Adapted from McAllister’s Saving the Millennial Generation)

19 S imple – phrases, one big idea U nique – make the message unusual, surprising, thoughtful C oncrete – make the action tangible and real C redible – honesty E motional – elicit emotions and involvement S tory – provide a picture S atisfying – the human need (Adapted from Dr. Tim Elmore)

20 The 1 st Century Christians were sent out to begin the job of witnessing The 21 st Century Christians need to be mentored and unleashed to continue the work

21 It’s not the First Act of the play that counts, but how you leave the stage at the end of the performance. Anonymous

22 Howe and Strauss Colleen Carroll Billy Graham Organization Barna Pew Associates Dare 2 Share


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