GENERATIONS PROJECT

Millennial Generation Insights

Mention the word “Millennials” and it is likely that words like “entitled”, “lazy” and “disrespectful” might pop into your mind instinctively. It is no secret that Institutional Churches in general are having huge difficulties retaining and engaging them.

However, are these stereotypes really true or are Millennials just misunderstood like every other generation before them? Does the church need to learn to adapt to them or should we stand our ground and demand that they fit into the current structures and practices which had served us so well for hundreds of years?

Here you will find insights culled from our qualitative ethnography and quantitative survey results with Millennial Christians in Singapore. The archetypes are in no way fully representative of all Christian Millennials in Singapore and are not mutually exclusive of one another. It is likely that any Christian Millennial that you meet may exhibit characteristics of multiple or even all of the archetypes. The archetypes developed are an attempt to communicate the struggles which Christian Millennials have with the institutional church from a more “human” angle which doesn’t focus on them as “problems to be solved” but rather people to be loved.

Christian Millennial Archetypes

Broad Trends Identified Through Ethnography

What Millennials are thankful for

 

  • The church is a “safe place” for community and exercising giftings.
  • Educational ministries in churches that help to provide a good foundation for their Christian faith.
  • The hard work and good intentions of clergy in church.

What Millennials struggle with

 

  • Official church activities that are not conducive for building true community.
  • The “overstructured” and “over-programmed” church.
  • The “Reversed Peter Pan” syndrome.
  • The perceived stubborn rigidity to change.
  • The disconnect between different generations.

What are deal breakers for Millennials

 

  • The “performance system” implicit in churches.
  • The increasing irrelevance of churches.
  • The narrow vision and work of most churches.

Looking for more?

If you would like a more detailed report please email us at weihao@graceworks.com.sg.

If you would like to explore working with us on how to better bridge the gap between the generations, Graceworks currently offers teaching, training and facilitation on this topic. Please email us for more information.

GENERATIONS PROJECT

Millennial Generation Insights

Mention the word “Millennials” and it is likely that words like “entitled”, “lazy” and “disrespectful” might pop into your mind instinctively. It is no secret that Institutional Churches in general are having huge difficulties retaining and engaging them.

However, are these stereotypes really true or are Millennials just misunderstood like every other generation before them? Does the church need to learn to adapt to them or should we stand our ground and demand that they fit into the current structures and practices which had served us so well for hundreds of years?

Here you will find insights culled from our qualitative ethnography and quantitative survey results with Millennial Christians in Singapore. The archetypes are in no way fully representative of all Christian Millennials in Singapore and are not mutually exclusive of one another. It is likely that any Christian Millennial that you meet may exhibit characteristics of multiple or even all of the archetypes. The archetypes developed are an attempt to communicate the struggles which Christian Millennials have with the institutional church from a more “human” angle which doesn’t focus on them as “problems to be solved” but rather people to be loved.

Christian Millennial Archetypes

Broad Trends Identified Through Ethnography

What Millennials are thankful for

 

  • The church is a “safe place” for community and exercising giftings.
  • Educational ministries in churches that help to provide a good foundation for their Christian faith.
  • The hard work and good intentions of clergy in church.

What Millennials struggle with

 

  • Official church activities that are not conducive for building true community.
  • The “overstructured” and “over-programmed” church.
  • The “Reversed Peter Pan” syndrome.
  • The perceived stubborn rigidity to change.
  • The disconnect between different generations.

What are deal breakers for Millennials

 

  • The “performance system” implicit in churches.
  • The increasing irrelevance of churches.
  • The narrow vision and work of most churches.

Looking for more?

If you would like a more detailed report please email us at weihao@graceworks.com.sg.

If you would like to explore working with us on how to better bridge the gap between the generations, Graceworks currently offers teaching, training and facilitation on this topic. Please email us for more information.