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Ministering to the Millennial Generation

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I had the honor of being interviewed by John Rogers with Moody Radio’s New Day Cafe last week for their week-long focus on “Ministering to the Millennial.” To hear my interview, you’re welcome to listen below. Please also visit Moody Radio’s website to listen to the other great interviews all dealing with issues that millennials face from worship to social media to technology.

Here’s a little info about Moody’s New Day Cafe broadcast:

Begin each new day with New Day Cafe, a live and local radio broadcast designed to get you going in the right direction. Heard every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m., hosts John Rogers and Pastor Greg Rogers will encourage you with Scripture, spark thoughtful conversation on current topics and challenge you to live today for Jesus Christ.

Ministering to the Millennial GenerationListen for Christian music, weather, community events, interviews and features, as well as opportunities for you to participate! Designed to inspire, inform, and entertain, Moody Radio South’s New Day Cafe will bring a smile to your face as you dive into your day. Host: John Rogers.

What do you see as some of the biggest issues currently facing the millennial generation?

Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Turns out some more skilled writers than myself are adding their voice to this topic.

    http://www.churchmarketingsucks.com/2014/09/how-can-churches-engage-20-somethings/

    I realize that the difference between the label “20-somethings” and the label “millennials” is mostly just wording, but I think I connect with the term more favorably — one is a simple description of age, while the other is a manufactured title that’s (generally) applied to members of that group by people who aren’t themselves members. That is, I don’t *identify* as a millennial, but people will call me one. I do identify as 20-something (because that’s just math).

    Article is a good read.

  2. As a member of the older portion of the millennial generation (I just turned 27), one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced recently is the tone of the conversation about our generation right now: I feel commoditized when the conversation du jour is “What do we do about millennials?”

    The conversation I want to hear is “How do we connect people to the gospel in a way that meets them where they are?” — and I know that’s what people often *mean* when they say “what about millennials,” but what I hear is “You are a problem to be solved.”

    People my age want authentic, sincere discussion, engagement, and worship. We want people to tell us what’s important to them, ask us what’s important to us, and we want to be invited to participate in something compelling and real.

    The way that invitation happens does tend to be higher tech than it used to be, but sometimes these conversations about reaching millennials make us out to be vastly, dramatically different than older generations. I’m not persuaded that’s true — we still want sincere, authentic connections more than anything else.

    Thanks for sharing this, Lauren

    • Hi Andrew, Thanks for your thoughtful comment regarding millennials. Yes, I feel you are correct in many ways – for some reason, this generation is being somewhat commoditized. At the end of the day, people are still people – not too terribly different than everyone else. I appreciate you sharing what you feel 20-somethings are looking for in a church, especially your line about “being invited to participate in something compelling and real.”

      Blessings on you and your ministry! Feel free to chime in again.

      Lauren

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