I was recently speaking to a group about the dynamic between generations. Really, I was talking to a bunch of Boomers. I asked them what they think about Millennials and it was funny because they started to say things like, “Oh they’re entitled,” and “They’re snowflakes!” They were using all these terms, somewhat in mockery, of this next generation. And I just asked, “Well, what did your parents think about you?”
What’s funny is that these Boomers were hippies! They were pot smokers! You know what I mean? They were “peace and love.” The irony is that they don’t even know how to appreciate the next generation because they’ve gotten to that place in life where they’ve forgotten who they were when they were that age.
So part of how we’re helping churches cross the generational divide is helping them to see the gold in the generation that’s following them. Because when they can begin to see the gold in it, then they can invest in it. And they can begin to pull it out of younger people. Because that’s really what they were hoping that their parents would do for them and often never did.