GENERATIONS PROJECT

Unity Through Empathy
Bridging the Intergenerational Divide in Church

Why is there a need for this research project?

Generational disunity in our churches is an important contributing factor in the increasing trend of younger Christians leaving the institutional church. According to the World Economic Forum, millennials are the most populous generation in 2020. However, this is not the situation we observe in churches, both in western nations and in Singapore. Instead, there is a distinct drop in the attendance of millennials increasing disengagement among those who remain.

While this is a systemic issue which is influenced by global trends like post-modernism and pluralism which put the Christian faith into question, it is also postulated that a significant reason why millennials struggle in churches is due to their frustrations with people in church, especially those of older generations. This manifests itself in strong youth and young adults’ subcultures prevalent in most churches and their subsequent unwillingness to assimilate back into main church congregations after transiting out of these ministries. This trend has given rise to the emergence of “Young Adult” churches where majority of their congregations consist of millennials.

We believe that this “disunity” between the generations is partly due to the differences in world views and life experiences which often results in an inaccurate reading of intentions based on observed actions (e.g. millennials are often seen as disrespectful when they question the way things are done in church).

What will this project consist of?

This project seeks to increase the empathy that the different generations have for one another through in-depth ethnographic research and literature review.

  • Ethnographic Research – Qualitative (in-depth interviews leading to the creation of personas) and quantitative research (building an online platform with an AI algorithm) to obtain first-hand knowledge of how each generation approaches faith, church and life in general.
  • Literature Review – Desktop research to improve our understanding of the local and global trends which affected each generation and was instrumental in shaping their worldviews.
  • Collaboration & Partnership – Share and make use of the insights gained from the research with interested churches and organisations.

  • Publishing – Publishing the results of the project so as to bless the global church..
  • What is the project timeline?

    Download the ethnographic insights from our qualitative research with Millennials here.

    GENERATIONS PROJECT

    Unity Through Empathy
    Bridging the Intergenerational Divide in Church

    Why is there a need for this research project?

    Generational disunity in our churches is an important contributing factor in the increasing trend of younger Christians leaving the institutional church. According to the World Economic Forum, millennials are the most populous generation in 2020. However, this is not the situation we observe in churches, both in western nations and in Singapore. Instead, there is a distinct drop in the attendance of millennials increasing disengagement among those who remain.

    While this is a systemic issue which is influenced by global trends like post-modernism and pluralism which put the Christian faith into question, it is also postulated that a significant reason why millennials struggle in churches is due to their frustrations with people in church, especially those of older generations. This manifests itself in strong youth and young adults’ subcultures prevalent in most churches and their subsequent unwillingness to assimilate back into main church congregations after transiting out of these ministries. This trend has given rise to the emergence of “Young Adult” churches where majority of their congregations consist of millennials.

    We believe that this “disunity” between the generations is partly due to the differences in world views and life experiences which often results in an inaccurate reading of intentions based on observed actions (e.g. millennials are often seen as disrespectful when they question the way things are done in church).

    What will this project consist of?

    This project seeks to increase the empathy that the different generations have for one another through in-depth ethnographic research and literature review.

  • Ethnographic Research – Qualitative (in-depth interviews leading to the creation of personas) and quantitative research (building an online platform with an AI algorithm) to obtain first-hand knowledge of how each generation approaches faith, church and life in general.
  • Literature Review – Desktop research to improve our understanding of the local and global trends which affected each generation and was instrumental in shaping their worldviews.
  • Collaboration & Partnership – Share and make use of the insights gained from the research with interested churches and organisations.

  • Publishing – Publishing the results of the project so as to bless the global church..
  • What is the project timeline?

    Download the ethnographic insights from our qualitative research with Millennials here.