Understanding, Involving, and Delivering the Generations Current in Your Church, Half 4: Millennials | The alternate – Bible Type

Understanding, Involving, and Delivering the Generations Current in Your Church, Half 4: Millennials | The alternate

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The millennials are the most studied, discussed and dissected group in history. They were praised as the next great generation and in some evangelical circles as a mission generation.

I'm not going to address everything – or even many things – about millennials here. My focus was on the collaboration between generations and I give the interested observer a very high-quality view of generations.

The Pew Research Center asked, "How do millennials compare?" They replied:

In general, they are better educated – a factor related to employment and financial well-being – but there is a sharp gap between the economic fate of those with higher education and those who do not.

Millennials have brought more racial and ethnic diversity to American society. And millennial women, like generation X women, are more likely to be involved in the country's workforce than previous generations.

Compared to previous generations, millennials – who were between 22 and 37 in 2018 – are delaying or giving up marriage and starting their own households a little more slowly. They are also more likely to live with their parents at home and for longer periods.

Here are a few points for context.

Whatever you think of millennials, good or bad, they are adults (in their 20s and 30s!) And are starting to take on leadership roles today. This is an important part of our discussion today.

Perhaps some historical references offer a little more context.

As in previous generations, there were things that shaped millennials. terrorism has become a defining topic. It's worth noting that since September 11, America's fear of terrorism has actually manifested more than the domestic reality of terrorism.

School shootings became more popular in the millennial era. (My children asked me if they should get one of these bulletproof backpacks. They are in a safe school district, but are aware of the potential threats that our schools face today.) Millennial school lockout exercises are replacing the Boomer civil defense exercises.

Ethnic and religious diversity mark their era more than previous generations.

News sources have also changed. The majority of millennials get their news (if they get any at all) from sources like comedians and not from traditional networks like ABC, NBC or CBS.

Quite or not, millennials have been accused to be about yourself. In some ways, this may be because they were born at a time when there was economic growth, but not a major struggle. This is, for example, in contrast to boomers who had economic growth with a big struggle.

However, I think this is an unfair generalization.

At a recent Global Leadership Summit, Jack Dorsey, one of the world's leading experts on millennials, identified one type of millennial: the super millennials who live to excel. The full notes of this session can be found here.

At the end of these notes you will find some good advice for involving millennials in the workplace:

The best thing you can do is provide specific examples of the performance you expect. Turn it into a photo, video. Show us what it looks like. The language varies according to generation, gender and geography.

Most managers think linearly. Step 1,2,3,4,5. Gen Z / Millennials don't think linearly.

You need to give quick feedback. No trophies or awards. We have the. "Hey Sarah, I saw how you helped Jesse. Thank you very much! "You can do this by speaking, writing text, and not leaving voicemail. My father leaves 5 minutes of voicemail. It's like a podcast.

Every single generation on earth brings something important. And every generation can lead. And we need more leaders.

We have a great opportunity to support the younger leaders in the ranks. Instead of highlighting our differences, we want to promote their strengths and learn from their perspective while helping them see beyond themselves and their generation.

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