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A Church Without Millennials Is a Church Without a Future

By October 28, 2016 No Comments

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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?

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.

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Eric Swanson

Author Eric Swanson

Eric has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation. He served with Campus Crusade for Christ for twenty-five years before joining the staff of Leadership Network where he currently works with scores of missional churches around North America. He is an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and is co-author of The Externally Focused Church (Group, 2004), The Externally Focused Life (Group, 2009), The Externally Focused Quest (Jossey-Bass, 2010) , and To Transform a City (Zondervan, 2010), and numerous articles on churches that are transforming their communities. Eric has been married to Liz for over 35 years, has three married children, six grandchildren and resides outside of Boulder Colorado. www.ericjswanson.com

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