Did you know that Millennials—the generation born between 1980 and 2000—comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population? Did you know that a paltry 10 percent of churches today have 20 percent of Millennials in their churches? Did you know that 18 percent of churches in the U.S. have NO Millennials attending? By 2020 Millennials will make up 30 percent of the U.S. population.
As one revolutionary observed, “You may not be interested in talking about the future but the future will be very interested in talking with you.”
So, who are the Millennials and what are we at Leadership Networking discovering?
- Millennials are the largest of all generations—83 million strong (surpassing even the Baby Boomers 74 million.
- Millennials are the most racially diverse generation—only 60 percent are anglo and 15 percent are immigrants
- Millennials are the most “single” generation—75 percent are not and have never been married
- Millennials possess more college degrees than any generation in history
- Millennials now make up half of the entire U.S. workforce
- They actually have and spend money–$1.3T / annually
- 29 percent have no religious affiliation
In a few short years Millennials will (or will not) be leading your church. What your church does in the next few years to engage Millennials is the most critical decision your church can make regarding the future of your church
So who are the Millennials?
Millennials have been characterized as entitled, self-centered, narcissistic, couch-surfing, idealistic, participation trophy-collecting young people who think they know everything and are entitled to everything. (A fun parody on Millennials was created by our friends at Watermark Church in Dallas.)
But what if there were more to the story?
What if Millennials were actually the key to the future of your church?
What if a church without Millennials today is a church without a future tomorrow?
Over the past several months we at Leadership Network have uncovered Six Discoveries that may help you reach, retain, and grow Millennials. More will follow but we think you’ll find these six to be informative and useful today. To download the resource, complete the form below and we’ll email you the download link.