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The Millennial Barrage

By August 22, 2016August 14th, 20234 Comments

I really am
beginning to tire of hearing about all this “millennial” speak.  I don’t
know if my mom and dad’s generation spoke so often about the “Gen X-ers” or
not, but I sure don’t remember it. I think, in part, we have so hyped up this
terminology, that is has become nothing more than a marketing gimmick for
books, lectures, seminars, and the like and the revenue that come along with
these.

Make no mistake, the world is different now than when I was a young person, but
the world was different from when my mom and dad were young people, too. 
And the world will be different for the next generation. We act like
“millennials” have just arrived on the planet from some far off galaxy and know
nothing about planet Earth. The fact that we continue to lump everyone born during
those years (and no one can agree the exact years, some say 1980-2002) is the
easiest way to build obstacles when it comes to communicating to them.

Baby boomers had the television, Gen X had the personal computer, and
Millennials have the smart phone/tablets. Baby boomers main form of
communication was the telephone, Gen X was the email system, and Millennials
has become social media: Instagram and SnapChat.

Serving as a
student pastor for many years, along with producing a nationally syndicated
radio show for students for fifteen years, I’ve come to a certain realization
about young people. With all of the differences generationally and
technologically, there are some simple truths that can be used to communicate with
this age group.
They are:

1-Be real. That means be yourself, not someone you aren’t. Young people see
enough “plastic people” in their every day lives.

2-Don’t sugarcoat the issues. Be honest. It’s possible to speak truth and still
make an impression. In fact, even if they don’t like the truth, they’ll
probably respect you for telling it to them. Eventually, if not immediately.

3-Admit when
you are wrong.  I already know you aren’t perfect—so do the millenials.
4-Listen as much as you want to be listened to.
5-Make them feel like their ideas matter. Why? Because they do.

So, what do you think? Sounds like an easy list to me. As
a matter of fact, I think this list would apply to most of us, regardless of
age.

Follow Jack on Twitter @jackeason 

4 Comments

  • ChrisR says:

    This is perfect Jack, thanks for posting. It's amazing that the church(media) has branded the nextGen for effect. They are seekers looking for truth. The real fear is the GenX and above being hypocritical about what they live to what they preach. GenXers aren't living the truth and don't want to be found out. You approach to teaching all people is the same, and it should be, Show Jesus's Love to Them!

  • Jack Eason says:

    Thanks, Chris! I appreciate it!

  • Shaneeka Minniefield says:

    Awesome post! You are so right about how to relate to them. I learned how through the school of hard knocks. I have two teenage boys and an almost a teenage girl. Again, I love your writers voice. Also, your post are so relevant. Please keep doing this. You were made for it!

  • Jack Eason says:

    Thanks Shaneeka! You are an encourager!!

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