Have you heard that Millennials suffer from terrible phone addiction? Have you lampooned Millennials for not being able to look away from their screens?Read More
Parenting is a popular “felt-needs” topic for preachers, most often directed toward young families who are already part of the congregation or perhaps as an outreach for friends and neighbors in the community who are seeking wisdom on raising kids. I’ve been in several congregations that have planned a parenting series after a major holiday or at the beginning of the fall or spring school semesters in an effort to get people engaged.Read More
In 2004, Blockbuster video was worth 5 Billion dollars. It was the largest video rental store in the world. They were an empire. No one came close to threatening this company’s territory. So when a man named Reed Hastings approached Blockbuster in 2000 offering for their new startup to be purchased for only 50 million, Blockbuster laughed them out of the room.Read More
Go to school. Get married. Have children.
This is known as the “success sequence.” But among younger generations, who often meander along the path to full adulthood, this notion has fallen on hard times. Is a winding path to career and family a generational trend charting a different path to well-being? Or is the ancient path wiser?Read More
Catholic outlet EWTN News report that Pope Francis wants to hear directly from millennials. In 2018 the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will gather to discuss “Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation.” In preparation for this gathering they have appealed directly to youth. They want to hear what it is like for younger generations to be part of the Catholic church.Read More
We have just passed high school graduation season, and several young friends of mine have now doffed cap and gown and processed to “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Graduation parties have also taken place. While attending a celebration for a former student, Oliver and I discussed Snapchat. Very casually, this eighteen-year-old told me, “Yea, I don’t even really check Snapchat anymore.” I wondered why, so he enlightened me.Read More
The summer job isn’t as cool as it used to be.
The Atlantic recently reported that the rate at which teenagers obtain employment has been steadily decreasing for decades. Why? Have opportunities decreased as the economy has changed? Are Overwatch and Mass Effect consuming all of their time? What is generation Z up to when school is out?Read More
A few months ago we asked millennials the question, “Who in your life most closely represents Jesus to you and those around you?” The largest portion--47%--said their parents most closely resemble Jesus to them, followed by friends (22%), professional clergy (18%) and a mentor (13%).Read More
Have you seen the latest stats on Millennials moving back into their parents’ home?Read More
Millennial Families is a short series on the changing realities of the young families we seek to reach and disciple.Read More