Reaching Gen-X and Millennials
Generation-X refers to those born between 1961 and 1981. There is no silver-bullet approach which will have Gen-Xers (or any other generation) flocking into a church. However, being aware of the changing cultural context can help. Below you will find notes from a presentation I gave for a gathering of clergy and laity in the Diocese of Georgia. The links at the bottom of the page will help you dig deeper on both the cultural context and how the church is responding. You will also find the sermon
Thoroughly Postmodern Paul preached at King of Peace in 2002.
"Postmodernism refers to the intellectual mood and cultural expressions that are becoming increasingly dominant in contemporary society. These expressions call into question the ideals, principles, and values that lay at the heart of the modern mind-set. Postmodernity, in turn, refers to the era in which we are living, the time when the postmodern outlook increasingly shapes our society. The adjective postmodern, then, refers to the mind-set and its products. These have been reflected in many of the traditional vehicles of cultural expression." —Stanley Grenz in A Primer on Postmodernism
—from Brian McLaren’s The Church on the Other Side.
—also from Brian McLaren’s The Church on the Other Side.
—courtesy The Revs. Leslie Nipps and Rodney Hudgen
Irreverence and Irony
Skepticism of certainty and sensitivity to context
Experience and Sensuality
The Culture is a Gift
Here are some online resources for those seeking to do ministry in a Postmodern context:
King of Peace Episcopal Church + P.O. Box 2526 + Kingsland, Georgia 31548-2526