Bridging the Generations Identify a young adult you know, someone under 35 years of age. Keeping that person in mind, read the following slides. Recall your life as a young adult. How does the information reflect your experiences as a young adult? They are also called Millennials. They were born between 1984 and 2002. They are defined by technology. They have easy access to information and watch events in real time via the internet. They are easily overwhelmed by information and events. They may be continually connected to some form of technology. They have access to information but may lack the skills to assimilate it. They often have great technological skills with poor relationships skills. They are over-protected, growing up with many safety policies. They may be over-confident—they’ve been told they can do anything. Some have not experienced failure and may lack coping skills for negative experiences. Dr. Tim Elmore identified these differences at M11 in February 2011. Early Gen Y—born in the 80s Later Gen X—born in the 90s Highly compassionate Low empathy Technology is a tool Technology is an appendage Civil-minded Self-absorbed Ambitious about the future Ambiguous about the future Accelerated growth Postponed maturation There are difference between early Generation Yers and those born in the 1990s. What are some causes of these differences? What ministry opportunities exist as Gen Y experiences life transitions? They experience frequent job changes, searching for fulfillment and good pay. They have high hopes and big dreams as well as anxiety and uncertainty. They have conflicting emotions due to fears and freedoms, excitement and uncertainty, and possibilities and confusion. If you are over the age of 50, you may find the traits of young adults to be different from what you experienced. This reflects many cultural changes, technological advancements, and delaying marriage. In 2010, the median age for the first marriage for men was 28.2 and 26.1 for women. About 2/3 attend college after high school. As you read and compared experiences, what changes did you identify? What new information did you gain about today’s young adults? How can this information help you minister more effectively? Life experiences influence how we view life. Experiences change with each generation. On the next two slides, find your generation. Consider the differences. The People & Issues Seniors Builders Boomers Busters Generation Y or Millennials Era they were born 1900-1928 1929-1945 1946-1964 1965-1983 1984-2002 Life Paradigm Manifest destiny Be grateful for a job You owe me Related to me Life is a cafeteria Role of Relationships Long Term Significant Limited, useful Central, caring Global, 24/7 Value System Traditional Conservative Self-based Media Shop around Role of Career Means for living Central focus Irritant Optimistic Loyalty The People & Issues Seniors Builders Boomers Busters Generation Y or Millennials Era they were born 1900-1928 1929-1945 1946-1964 1965-1983 1984-2002 Schedules Responsible Mellow Frantic Aimless Volatile Technology What’s that? Hope to outlive it Master it Enjoy it Employ it Market Commodities Goods Services Experiences Transformations View of the future Uncertain Seek to stabilize Create it Hopeless Optimistic How did these slides help you better understand generational differences? Identify the percentage of your congregation in each generation. What are the implications for your ministry setting? How well do the individuals in each generation relate to other generations? Each generation tends to ◦ Break from the previous generation ◦ Correct two generations older than they ◦ Replace three generations older than they Builders ◦ Contributions: Sage-like wisdom Big picture perspective Make good mentors Do this by ◦ Valuing their contributions ◦ Requesting presence and input ◦ Giving a place of honor Boomers Do this by ◦ Contributions: Stories Comparable youth experiences Make good life coaches ◦ Asking about past experiences and lessons learned ◦ Calling them to give back Generation X Do this by ◦ Contributions: Realism Authenticity Balance ◦ Building relationships ◦ Forming authentic community ◦ Influencing through relationships, not power Generation Y Do this by ◦ Contributions: Tech savvy Creative Optimistic ◦ Affirming dreams and goals ◦ Setting short term commitments ◦ Removing self-imposed pressure How did the slides help you value and understand each generation? How can you use this information in your ministry setting? How can the information help to form bridges among the generations? Which generations do you think will be the most difficult to bridge?