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Making Space for Millenials

From the Barna Research Group and CKN comes a comprehensive report on Millennials. Are we including preferences for this generation in our current church designs? We reveal some telling data.

Millenial: /mil·len·nial / milenl / - (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends. Researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. (Wikipedia.org)

Millenials want a church to be open and honest about what it is and about what it's trying to accomplish.

Cast off the cool and trendy. Authentic, real and low key resonate with Gen Y



Field participants from the Barna study "couldn't get enough of nature. At each location the groups as a whole gravitated toward windows and other areas with plenty of natural light. They expressed appreciation for pleasant landscaping, not just as decorative but also functional, setting the stage for community and communion.

When Millenials chose words to describe their vision of the ideal church, a two thirds majority or greater picked these words..

Community (78%)

Sanctuary (77%)

Classic       (67%)

Quiet       (65%)

Casual       (64%)

Over these words..

Auditorium (23%)

Trendy       (33%)

Loud (35%)

Dignified (36%)

Questions your community can keep in mind as you build to include the whole church body:

How do our facilities present visual cues?   Can people easily answer the questions "Where am I?" and "What's expected of me?"

How do our facilities offer respite from the outside world?

Can people find a place of peace that is accessible and comfortable?
How do our facilities connect to Christian history and traditions? What symbols or design elements evoke a sense of the sacred and tell the story of God's actions in the world?

How do our facilities integrate the elements of nature?

How can we bring the outside in and take the inside out?

Footnote: Excerpts from Making Space for Millenials a study by Barna (barna.org) and Cornerstone Knowledge Network (theckn.com).


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