Title: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation
Author: Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer
This generation is highly relational, and wants to make a difference in the world. “We cannot overstate how important relationships are in motivating this generation.” (page 104) Therefore, personal invitation and care for the wider community will be critical for getting people into the church community; in the church this looks like direct evangelism on the part of the church members, and a strong sense of mission/outreach on an individual and parish level. “They have a keen desire to practice the Christianity of the Bible, to move the twenty-first century church to become more like the first-century church.” (page 258) The church must consider how it appears to the outside world; if it appears to be naval-gazing or a social club, it will not attract young adults.
Martha Korienek is Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, CA.