Rozella White is the ELCA Director for Young Adult Ministry
Keynote: The Millennial Reformation: Learning From A New Generation of Leaders
Today’s young adults are a part of the Millennial Generation, those born between 1982 and 1995. In the most generous accounting of this generation, millennials are said to number about 80 million, which makes them the largest generation in American history. However, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and their 2010 report, “Millennials: A Portrait of a Generation,” approximately one-third of those who are unaffiliated with a community of faith are under age 30.The Lutheran church does not reflect the reality of the changing world in that the majority of people in our congregations are over the age of thirty and there is a shortage of next generation leaders. It’s time to broaden our conversation from why this population is not engaged to how we understand who they are and the culture shift that is happening. Using sociological inquiry and theological reflection, participants will gain new insight into the millennial landscape and how communities of faith might learn from this population as they reform traditional ways of understanding and being the church.
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