As part of my research for my Doctor of Ministry thesis, I’m doing lots of reading on the Millennials. Who are the Millennials? They are those born approximately between 1980 and 2000 and they are sometimes called Generation Y. One of the resources I used was The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer.
One of the things that I appreciated about this father-son book is that it represented two generations: Baby Boomers and Millennials. As a result, it includes attitudes about Millennials but also represents Millennials. In addition, this book reflects detailed research by Lifeway.
Although this book is written by two evangelical Christians, it contains information valuable to everyone interested in this generation. They tackle issues such as relationships, environmentalism, materialism, as well as attitudes toward spirituality.
If you have read sociological treatments of Millennials and walked away wondering what they really said, this book is for you. It is written in an engaging style and includes many real life illustrations.
Churches and leaders cannot afford to be ignorant about the Millennial generation. Although there is an increase in talk about Generation Z, the Millennials are still very important. Effective ministry needs to take into account the specific needs and attributes of each generation.