This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on understanding different generations. For the first time in the history of the church, five generations are trying to coexist under one roof. As a result, many issues in churches today are preferential and generational, and many leaders are finding that millennial parents engage with life and the church in unique ways. Cheryl Markland shares insights into this generation and the ones that have come before that will help church leaders engage in ministry with millennial parents, especially as they train the next generation of believers.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
I get calls from churches: “I don’t know what to do about these parents today!” The first thing we need to understand is that for the first time in the history of the church, we have five generations trying to coexist under one roof. And so many of the issues and problems you may be having in your church are preferential and generational. Think about if your grandmother, your mother, your daughter and your grandchildren were all trying to coexist under one roof. How much fun would that be? But that’s what’s happening in church. How are we going to learn to play nice? The first thing I want to do is look at the five generations. Every generation is created in response to what’s happening in history, what’s happening in culture and how we were raised in reaction to the previous generation. And so in order to understand millennials, we’ve got to go back a couple generations, look at how these generations have evolved and that will give us a better understanding of millennials. The oldest generation that is still existing are the builders or the traditionalists. They tend to be over 71 years of age. This generation came up during the Depression, during World War II, when we always respected authority. It was true, it was right, and we had to do it. Sometimes that makes it challenging for the generations before when we don’t do just what they say because they’re used to respecting and honoring authority. One interesting way to look at the progression of generations is through their technology.
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