If you haven’t seen Art Rainer’s infographic on the recent research statistics of the Millennials generation, you must take a look: Go to Art Rainer’s blog
Here are some recent statistics from Pew Research on the Millennials generation that should impact your worldview (http://pewresearch.org/millennials)
Who are the Millennials?
Those currently between the ages of 15 and 30 who are:
- The most ethnically and racially diverse generation in American history. 59% White, 19% Hispanic, 14% Black, 4% Asian, 3% Other
- Starting out as the most politically progressive age group in modern history. In the 2008 election, Millennials voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by 66% – 32%
- They are the 1st generation in human history who regard behaviors like tweeting and texting, along with websites like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Wikipedia as everyday parts of their social lives and their search for understanding.
- They are the least religiously observant generation in American history. (25% claim not to follow any religion)
- 21% are married
- 4% are divorced
- 75% are single
- 50 million Millennials are in America today
- Median household income: $58,620
What are some unique differences between generations?
- Silent: World War 2, the Great Depression, and Intelligence
- Boomers: work ethic and general respect
- Gen X: Technology use and work ethic
- Millennials: Technology use and music/pop culture
What do Millennials like to do?
- 93% use the Internet every day
- They average four electronic gadgets per person
- 67% own an iPod
- 75% are on social networks: 71% Facebook and 33% Twitter
- 59% have a gaming console
- 72% look for health information online
- 20% have posted a video of themselves online (3X more than any other generation)
- 74% believe that technology makes life easier
- 40% have at least one tattoo
- 40% are in college
- 37% don’t have a job
How can the church reach Millennials?
Thom Rainer made an important statement on his blog entitled “Millennials Snapshot.” He said, “This is the generation of Britney Spears, LeBron James, Chelsea Clinton, and the Olsen twins. Millennials are already defining a new millennium, and they will shape and influence our world for decades to come. Are we ready for them? Are churches in America prepared to understand and engage this enormous, important generation?” (Read Thom Rainer’s blog: LINK)
Here are some ideas for reaching Millennials from Thom Rainer’s blog entitled “How Millennials View The Community”:
- Millennials view community as a place where Christians are called to serve and minister.
- Millennials view community as a place where Christians are sent to demonstrate the love of Christ.
- Millennials are committed to being incarnational in community.
- Millennials will embrace local churches that teach its members to love the community.
- Read our blog re-post from the Resurgence: Go to “11 Gospel-Centered Ways To Love Your City”
- In Bible study, don’t teach them only theology; instead, train them to be more effective ambassadors.
- Have local ministry partners with monthly opportunities to do something “hands-on” in the secular community.
- Make sure that your church has a focus on disciplemaking rather than programs.
- Find ways to give worship service responsibilities to Millennials. Let them help collect the offering, lead a prayer, give the announcements, etc.
- Connect regularly with Millennials using social media. Engage them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Have Millennials over to your home for a meal. Invite them into your life and be honest with them about your struggles.
For more information on what’s working among the Millennials, read Dr. Rainer’s blog “Two Insights About The Millennials”: Go to Dr. Rainer’s blog