The Millennial generation is largely misunderstood and sees church differently than generations who came before them.
Chris Martin · February 27, 2018
Never in American history has there been a generation of humanity picked apart and criticized like the Millennial generation. Baby Boomers were the focus of general study for decades, Gen Xers were largely ignored, and then, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the focus turned to the Millennial generation. It is likely that Millennials only received more attention than Boomers because they are being studied in the age of the internet, which is a content machine whose thirst for content is never slaked.
Generally speaking, Millennials were born between 1981 and 2000. Most researchers agree on the beginning of the Millennial generation, but there is a significant amount of disagreement about when they were born. Some researchers say the Millennial generation ends as early as 1995, while some extend it all the way to 2000.
A lot happened between 1995 and 2000, namely the popularization of the personal computer and the prevalence of home internet. So, where one ends the Millennial generation can have drastic effects on how one understands the largest generation in American history.
I have been writing on Millennials and the Church since May 2014, and I am a Millennial myself. Born in 1990, I am right in the middle of the Millennial generation. As I have worked in ministry in the local church and for a Christian publisher, I have advised thousands of pastors and church leaders on how to better understand, reach, and serve Millennials in their churches and communities.