Influencing the Generations for God

Below is a Chart to Show some of the Research that describes what is and has shaped these five generations.  

The Force of Love to All Generations

1 Cor. 13 - 1 Cor. 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Love is a greater force than hope or even faith –


Name of Generation

The Builder Generation (1929-1945)

The Baby Boomers (1946-1964)

Generation X (1965-1982)

Millennials (1983-2000)

Generation Z (2001-2018)

Description of what they have experienced and their outlook globally.

These folks endured the Great Depression and World War II. In general, they’re frugal and know how to save money and resources. They tend to value holding on to what is right and good

These people represent the population “boom” after the war. As the largest generation to date, they felt large and in charge and expected life to be better for them than it was for their parents.

This generation started with the birth control pill and Roe vs. Wade. This smaller population grew up in a broken, jaded world of Vietnam and Watergate. As realists, they know life can be hard and want to keep it real.

Currently, the largest U.S. generation, they grew up in a time of helicopter parents, participation trophies, college degrees and options. They often see life as a cafeteria from which they pick and choose what they want.

This young population is still forming, but they have grown up in a time of terrorism, recession, under-employment and racial unrest. They tend to be hackers, navigating a tougher world full of social media and anguish.

Personal Values as they Came of Age

Think long term. We must plan ahead and conserve what we have.

Anti-establishment. Don’t trust institutions; make your own way.

Unplug and get real. Life is not full of sunshine and rainbows.

Change the world, starting with the environment. We can do it.

We are aware, savvy and evolving. We value human equality.

Personal Message as they Came of Age

I’m Humble.

I’m in charge.

I’m scrappy.


I’m awesome.

I’m fluid.

Personal Style as they Came of Age

Create the system.

Take over the system.

Avoid the system.

Work within the system.

Work around the system.


Church Experience

The Center of life for many

1/3 never left the church, 25% of 58% returned, 42% never attended

Most feel church is boring - they want a church that meets their needs

Open to many types of spiritual experiences. 

Some are turning to tradition and rituals but will look different.

Job and Work

Stay for life – slow and steady

Loyal to employers connecting to values upward mobility

Change jobs If necessary for compensation

need to know options now.

Changing jobs is expected – frequently and fast.

Changing jobs constantly – multitaskers.