Jul 06

A new generation title

For years we’ve been titling generational people groups. We’ve had Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960), Generation X (born early 1960’s-early 1980’s), then Millennials (born late 1970’s-2000’s), sometimes called Generation Y. They are the Facebook and MySpace generation, but according to this article in the Washington Post, this generation doesn’t like titles and doesn’t really know where they fit in so some of them have titled themselves as generation Nintendo.

Churches, children’s & youth ministries, and classrooms must recognize that Millennials/Generation Y want to be interactive. We must design our worship settings around experiences in which each individual can be involved. The teacher is the facilitator and the students are the teacher-learners. The facilitator-teacher offers the curriculum and gives the directions and the students learn by doing and participating.

In churches we can teach using video and media techniques then offer interactive games to reinforce the message. These games may look like active play time but the lesson is being reinforced and taught again through interactive play. In classrooms we can offer learning centers of various forms to teach concepts and skills for children to participate in the learning process. It looks like play time but they are learning valuable skills through play.

1 comment

  1. David Phillips

    This is interesting. One author has coined the phrase Generation Me to describe this generation.

    But too often, labeling is a way to compartmentalize something; unfortunately, as the article states, there are quite a few subcultures that the labeling is ineffective. There are fewer and fewer generalizations that can be made.

    The heterogeneous nature of this group requires a heterogeneous plan of ministry and one style will not fit the group. It is incumbent for ministry to be creative and experiential.

    The problem with this is that modernism has taken the validity of experiential ministry out of the accepted mainstream. People are too concerned about reason to all experience to get in the way.

    Experience is, however, the lens through which we reason; this should force us to change our focus. Sadly, few seek to understand how we learn and process inputs and simply rely on a philosophical framework to disregard others.

    Good thoughts Brenna

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