‘GO AND DO’ EVANGELISM NEEDED FOR MILLENNIALS

Editor’s note: You can listen to Benjie Shaw discuss ministry to millennials during Episode 6 of Radio B&R, the official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

By Benjie Shaw,
BCM Director, University Of Tennessee Health Science Center

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I couldn’t help but fake a smile and cringe. After spending two Wednesday nights sharing about millennials with a local church, a lay leader approached me with a great idea for reaching out to millennials in the church’s neighborhood. Somehow, after listening to me share that millennials were disinterested in “churchy” things, that they probably won’t walk in to a church sponsored event, especially one located in a church, and that relationships with them generally must begin on their turf, his great idea was to show a Christian movie in the church’s coffee shop and put up invitation flyers in the neighborhood to attract young adults. [Read more…]

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CHURCHES URGED TO TALK TO MILLENNIALS AND NONES, NOT JUST READ ABOUT THEM

By Jeff Brumley
Associated Baptist Press

160928-millennialsThe news just never seems to get better for American churches.

A poll released this month confirms statistically what clergy and congregations are hearing anecdotally and through the media practically all the time: the percentage of U.S. adults who are religiously unaffiliated is increasing.

“The share of Americans who do not identify with a religious group is surely growing,” the Pew Research Center said in a Sept. 14 report. [Read more…]

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MINISTRY TO MILLENNIALS PRESENTS CHALLENGE

By Benjie Shaw
Campus Minister, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

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While many still associate Millennials with college campuses and young adult idealism, the reality is that the vast majority of Millennials has moved on from college and is firmly entrenched in an all too familiar narrative of idealism confronting reality.

In 2014 the Pew Research Forum identified Millennials as the portion of the population between the ages of 18-33 (Pew Research Center, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.” Released March 7, 2014). It’s now 2016, so add two years to those ranges and you realize that only about 10 percent of the Millennial population in America is college-aged. Millennials have mostly moved on from academic settings and are now infiltrating the “real world.” [Read more…]

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EVERYONE NEEDED TO REACH OUR GRANDKIDS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie-WilkeyOn Mother’s Day, my wife Joyce and I attended the baby dedication of our youngest grandson, Parker Beasley, at Skypointe Church in Travelers Rest, S.C.

It was a great day and we were blessed to be there for the service. Both of our grandchildren are under the age of 4 and are members of Generation Z. Read the story and take a hard look at the photo on page 1. If that doesn’t get you on your knees, I honestly don’t know what will (assuming you have children or grandchildren in that category).

If statistics hold true, nine in 10 of children born since 9/11 (2001) will not come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. [Read more…]

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BLENDING THE GENERATIONS IN CHURCH

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

160520Generations-Infographic1BRENTWOOD — The Greatest Generation. Baby Boomers. Generation X (Baby Busters). Generation Y (Millennials). Generation Z. Knowing the names assigned to the generations in today’s world can be confusing and hard to understand.

Only one thing is certain about each generation — they all need to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

An increasing emphasis is being placed on Millennials and Generation Z and rightfully so. Statistics reveal that Millennials are leaving the church in record numbers and that nine out of 10 children in Generation Z will likely grow to adulthood without knowing Christ.

These are sobering statistics and must be addressed. New churches are being started with Millennials and Generation Z as the focus. [Read more…]

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