Photo by Bruno Martins
We seem to be living in the largest generation gap since the 1960s, at least according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. I haven’t been able to get a copy of the actual report yet, but in summaries that have been released, close to 8 in 10 people believe there is a “major difference” in the point of view of younger people and older people today. That is the largest spread since 1969, when the Vietnam War, and Civil and Women’s Rights created a similar gap.
According to those surveyed who were from ages 18-29, the disagreement revolves around differences in lifestyle, views on family, relationships, and dating. Those in the older age bracket pointed to a difference in a sense of entitlement as the core of the gap.
I’m a champion of intergenerational ministry. Time and time again, our FYI research indicates the value of mixing up 16, 46, and 76 year-olds. This recent Pew report serves to highlight the enormous need for cross-generational relationships.
Right now most churches have very separate worship and learning experiences for the different generations. Wouldn’t it be great if the church was known as a place where generations mixed?
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