I will be 28 years old this year. I am a millennial.
Like most millennials, I have a smart phone. I also have a desktop and a netbook. I have a laptop my work has provisioned, too. I am never far from the technology that wires my life: internet for Facebook, Twitter, finding writing clients, and taking online classes. My phone for texting with my friends, answering work email, listening to music, or checking out LinkedIn Pulse or Twitter.
I’m not sure if this is common to my generation, but I also crave connection. I want meaningful membership in a community of like-minded people. I am also attached to technology. I am frustrated by the lack of technology in my real-life communities (what, no streaming services?) and lack of connection in my online life. Merging the two isn’t easy, yet I can’t go without either.
I do believe that reaching millennials must involve using more technology to make transitioning into faith communities easier, as well as having a meaningful faith to begin with. My generation is flocking to progressive thinking and revivalist faiths (paganism, anyone?) because we see a deeply broken system. We have a lot to lose and little to gain. We are game changers.
Well, at least that’s how I see things.
I imagine that technology will become more important as time progresses. We’ll see more faith communities offering a website, streaming services, and online courses. We’ll see more online communities that either complement or replace live communities. (Such as here on Patheos, perhaps?)
Want to bring more youth to your faith? Maybe there’s an app for that.