What's in this session?
- The two most important stats concerning Millennials
- Based on population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Millennials are the largest living cohort in America
- Millennials represent your church's main demographic
- Millennials represent the largest generation in the U.S. workforce
- The #1 thing your church needs to know about Millennials
Show notes and resources
- Millennials are the largest living generation in America (Source).
- Millennials are those defined as those ages 20-36 in 2017 (Source)
- The average age of today’s Protestant lead pastor is 54 (Source)
- The average age of today’s Protestant lead pastor has increased 10 years since 1991 (Source)
- Only 1 in 7 pastors is under the age of 40 (Source)
- Millennials represent the largest generation in the U.S. workforce (Source)
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We’ve all heard the generalizations about millennials. They’re lazy, they’re entitled, but what you may not have heard is what I wanna share with you in this video. The number one surprising thing your church needs to know about millennials. Well hey there, I’m Brady Shearer from ProChurchTools.com helping you seize the 167 hours beyond your Sunday Service. We publish new videos like this every single week, so make sure you hit the subscribe button below, and if you like this video, give it a thumbs up also. The topic of millennials. It’s one of the most prominent discussions that’s happening in the church today, so let’s first define what a millennial is because despite what some think, a millennial isn’t just a person that you don’t like who’s younger than you. As defined by Pew, a millennial is anyone born between the years of 1981 and 1997. Other outlets will say it’s simply anyone born between 1980 and 2000, but for the sake of this video, let’s use the conservative span of ’81 through ’97, and what I’m about to tell you is something you may have heard before. But, according to population estimates released by the US Census Bureau in 2015, millennials are now officially the largest living generation in America. Surpassing the boomer generation, millennials come in at 75.4 million while boomers trail slightly at 74.9 million, and this is significant because for the very first time in a long time, the largest generation in the history of America, the boomers, is no longer the largest generation living, and this is big, right? We’ve got a new largest generation in history and soon they’ll be taking over, but as churches and church leaders, this is the rhetoric we need to stop using. Churches will frequently refer to millennials as the next generation, an up and coming part of the church, the future, but this is the mindset that needs to end. Why? Well, because millennials are not the future. Millennials are the present, and the data backs this up. As of Q1 in 2015, millennials officially surpassed the boomer generation to take the number one spot as the single largest generation in the US workforce. As documented by Pew, more than one in three American workers is a millennial. Same goes for Canada. Add in the yet to be named Generation Z behind us and by 2025, 56% of the workforce will be millennials or younger, and I don’t know if this is surprising to you, but it was shocking to me when I first heard it, and from where I stand, I think this is the single most important thing your church needs to know about millennials, that no, millennials aren’t the next generation. They’re the biggest generation in the current North American workforce right now, and that number, it’s set to almost double in the next decade, so this isn’t the apex. It’s just the beginning. It’s only going up from here, and so this means that beyond the workforce, unless your church is exclusively trying to reach seniors, millennials are also the biggest part of your community. Millennials represent the single largest demographic in the community, city, and neighborhoods that your church is trying to impact. So, forget the broad generalizations of millennials. They’re lazy, they’re entitled, they spend too much time on their phones. Blast those mobile devices. Forget about talking about an up and coming generation that will soon, one day, need to be reached, and instead see your city and community for what it is, a population that already has more millennials than any other age group. Right now, it’s already more than one in three. Give it another 10 years or so, that number will be greater than one in two. Millennials are currently the largest generation in the history of America, the largest generation in the American workforce and soon to be the largest generation in the American workforce compared to all other generations combined. If you liked this video, make sure you hit the like button below and definitely subscribe to the Pro Church Tools channel. We post new videos like this every week helping your church seize the 167 hours beyond your Sunday service. If you have questions or comments for a millennial, leave them below. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.