Communicating Across Generations
People are living longer, and our historical footprint marks our values, our preferences, and our challenges. As time continues to progress forward, we continue to age and, thank God, we continue to grow, generation by generation. Each generation is shaped by the time in which they are born, and each generation due to their common timeline possess some common characteristics. Please note, no one generation can be stereotyped with a set character. However, there are many commonalities many individuals born in a specific time frame seem to share.
Born before 1942
|% of US Population||9%||15%||20%||27%||32%|
|Events That Shaped The Generation||World War 2|
Berlin Wall Fall
|Research Finding on Characteristics||Loyal|
Family Values Critical
|Strong work ethics|
Loyal to job
Customer Service Oriented
Practical & adaptable
Confident & Competitive
Want to Make A Difference
Train & Teach Themselves
|Environment for Comfort||Discipline and formal|
|Relaxed and informal||Interactive||Multi-sensory and interactive||Interactive
|Communication Preference||Face To Face (F2F)|
|Text Messaging||Video Messaging
Today, our congregations are ministering to five generations simultaneously. We must incorporate the diversity of our congregations and meet each generation specific preferences. Incorporating the needs of multiple generations requires intentionality in planning, ministering and educating. We are called to meet people where they are and to walk with them to where God is calling them to serve, that’s what ministry looks like.
How do you reach such a diverse congregation and remain relevant to the gospel message? Who should be in leadership to assist in facilitating the dialogue of inclusion in our local congregations? What role does communication play in this inclusive environment?