Bye-Bye Millennials

Here, in living color, we see the church’s failure to engage an entire generation:

The graphic comes from the Public Religion Research Institute. You’ll notice that it also undermines the evangelical claim that they’re doing better with younger generations than progressive Christians. You’ll see that’s not true. In fact, the evangelical drop is more precipitous than the mainline drop — they’ve also got further to fall.

And, the survey shows, as Whites lose majority in the US, they (we?) tend to long for the good ol’ days:

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What the Church Can Learn about Millennials from Small Batch Distilleries

I’ll admit that sometimes I feel that I’ve walked out of a Portlandia sketch. I’m a bit clichéd, that way. I bake bread every week, tend a huge organic garden, pickle many things, and I’m a sucker for small-batch, handcrafted whiskeys and cocktails. Above, for instance, is a neat pour of the hard-to-find Balcones Whiskey, which I make a point of drinking when I’m in Texas.

There’s a huge surge in interest in these kinds of whiskeys — and other spirits — which is why you can’t find Balcones even in its hometown of Waco. Prices for whiskey are rising, especially among those that are casked for 8 or 10 or 12 years — a decade ago, no one saw this heightened interest coming.

And this is being driven in large part by millennials. In RHE’s super-viral CNN post about why millennials are leaving the church, she wrote,

Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being “cool,” and we find that refreshingly authentic.

What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.

Shedding light on a similar phenomenon in the world of spirits, Jimmy Flores and Maddie Marston write about why the craft spirits boom is happening among millennials. Anyone interested in engaging this generation in the life of the church can learn a lot by reading it:

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But What About the Millennials Who *Do* Go To Church?

The Barna Group has studied them extensively, and has some answers. Here’s the report, and here’s infographic:

Millenials for Gay Marriage, But Not Necessarily Pro-Choice

The Public Religion Research Institute has a new study out on abortion opinions in America.  In some ways, the results are not surprising: a solid majority of Americans think that abortions should be legal and available; evangelical Protestants are the least likely to think so.

But other conclusions are more surprising:

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