Department

Seminary

Degree

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Chair

David Wheeler

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, History of; Religion, Philosophy of; Sociology, Demography

Keywords

Church, Generation Y, Millennials

Disciplines

Christianity | Church History | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Critical and Cultural Studies | New Religious Movements | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology of Culture

Abstract

The Millennial generation, or Generation Y as some people know them, is the biggest generation in the United States of America history. As they flood schools, universities, and the job market it is easy to see that there are major differences between them and previous generations. Simultaneously, the church in America has hundreds of individual churches each year closing and tens of thousands each year declining; most churches are ceasing to grow. The inability to reach Millennials is one of the reasons for this decline. This thesis purposes to give a snapshot of the Millennial generation, overview a few of the key authors who are helping to reach them and will give churches and pastors practical components to work into their church culture to make churches and the gospel more appealing to the Millennial generation. This work is not a comprehensive solution to the problem of the church or the Millennial generation but a tool to help pastors who hope to reach the next generation.