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Generations

Age to Age:Ministering to GenerationalGroups in Your Parish


Do you see…Four very distinct generations?With very different experiences of society and church?Who are looking for very different things from theirparish?And the chance to greatly increase the chance theyfeel welcome in your parish?Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Do you also see…The spiritual dimension?For your parish – to examine what is central tobeing part of your faith community – and what isnot?For you – requiring the virtues of hope, patience,courage, and wisdom?Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Desired OutcomesIncrease awareness of the needs of generationalgroups in the ChurchOpportunity for learning from others in the roomIdentify practical ways to minister to eachgenerational groupAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


The Four GenerationsTraditionalists (1901 – 1943)Boomers (1946 – 1964)Generation X (1965 – 1984)Millennial’s (1985 – 2005)Cuspers **Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Starting PointsWe tend to think everyone views the world the waywe do. Not true.No ones perspective is better than another.How do we build communities where all feel welcomed?Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


RememberA generation's unique identity is shaped by thesignificant events and people that influenced themduring their informative years.Each generation’s identity is heavily influenced bythe experience of the previous generations.Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Traditionalist GenerationBorn 1901 - 1943FDR, Bob Hope, Churchill, Rat PackAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Traditionalist GenerationKey Events• Great Depression• New Deal• World War II• GI Bill• Creation of Huge CorporationsThemes• Value of Institutions• Chain of Command• Loyalty, Obedience, Hard Work• Delayed GratificationAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Traditionalist GenerationExperienceof Church• Pre-Vatican II• Baltimore Catechism• Multitude of Vocations• Catholic Ghetto• Pray, Pay, and ObeyParish Life• Loyal Sunday Attendance• Seeking What the Church Teaches• Old Guard (always done it this way)Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Boomer GenerationBorn 1946 - 1964ML King, JFK, John Belushi, Beatles, Rosa ParksAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Boomer GenerationKey EventsThemes• Large Population (78 million)• Movements – Equality,Liberation• Self Expression:Woodstock• Revolutionized EveryStage of Life (youth, work,retirement)• Liberation/IndividualExpression/Self Improvement• Question Status Quo• Revolution/New Age is Dawning• Dialogue, Sharing, ListeningAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Boomer GenerationExperienceof ChurchParish Life• Vatican II• Church Teaching in Flux, Not So Certainas Baltimore Catechism• Community Matters As Much AsDoctrine• Majority of Parish Leaders• Want Community, Justice, Sharing• Worried Their Vatican II Vision isSlipping• Committed to Church – and also shopAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Generation XBorn 1965 - 1984Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Madonna, Michael JordanAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Generation XKey EventsThemes• Small Population (48 million)• Failure Institutions: Vietnam,Watergate• High Divorce, Latch-Key Children• Technology: PC, Cell Phone, Internet• Economic Recession• Viewed as “Slackers”• Don’t Trust Institutions• Cynical – Generation Lost• Comfort with Technology• Not Team Players – Go It AloneAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Generation XExperienceof Church• Enthusiasm of Vatican II Wanes• Searching for Excellence andAuthenticity• Denominational Lines Less ImportantParish Life• Little Institutional Loyalty• Attend If Its Worth It/Authentic• Volunteer If They Can Make AnImpactAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Millennial GenerationBorn 1985 - 2005Tiger Woods, YouTube, Text Messages, Barack Obama,BarneyAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Millennial GenerationKey EventsThemes• Technology = Air• September 11• Scheduled Childhoods• High Rates ofVolunteerism• Hope:Generation Found• Joiners, Trust Groups• Seek Meaning• Collaboration, Inclusion• Accept and Value DiversityAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Millennial GenerationExperienceof Church• John Paul Greater Influence ThanVatican II• Theologically/Catechetically Illiterate• Church Does Not Have Authority• Comfortable Integrating Catholic FaithWith Other “Meaning-Giving” SourcesParish Life• Looking for Affirmation/Participation• Volunteer If They Can Make Impact• Want Practical Application of FaithAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Generational SpectrumTraditionals Boomers Generation X MillennialsPre-Vatican IILinearLittle TechnologyLocalHomogeneousChange – ShowPope John Paul IINon-LinearHigh-TechGlobalDiverseFast ChangeAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Key PointsEach Generation Differs from the Others.Generations Differ Because the World in WhichThey Were Formed Was So Different.Each Generation Brings Its Unique Perspective toEvery Encounter – Including Church.Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Check InAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


ComparingGenerational PerspectivesAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Workplace : TraditionalistsMotto: “Chain of Command”Assets: Loyal, Detailed-Oriented, Stable, Hard-Working, ThoroughLiabilities: Inept with Change/Uncertainty, Don’t LikeConflict, Reluctant to Buck SystemAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Workplace : BoomersMotto: “Change of Command”Assets: Good at Relationships, Good at Visioning,Service OrientedLiabilities: Not “Budget-Minded”, Put Process Aheadof Results, Judgmental, Self-CenteredAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Workplace : Generation XMotto: “Self-Command”Assets: Adaptable, Independent, Un-intimidatedby AuthorityLiabilities: Impatient, Cynical, Poor People Skills, NotAlways Good at TeamsAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Workplace : MillennialsMotto: Don’t Command - CollaborateAssets: Inclusion, Collective Action, Tech-Savvy,Multi-TaskingLiabilities: Expects Affirmation, Thinks “Doing My Best”is Okay Even in Failure, Needs Lots of SupervisionAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Leadership Styles• Direct• Collegial• Straightforward• Value Inclusion• Command& Control• Consensual• BenignlyDespotic• Get Job Done• Lack Tact• Work in TeamsAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Approach to Technology• Often Don’tHave CellPhones, Email,etc• Cautious Users• ComfortableUsingTechnology asa Tool – Meansto GettingThings Done• Technology isair, can’timagine lifewithout itAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Training/Learning Styles• Classroom• Factual Lecturesby Experts• Don’t LikeSituations WithNo Right Answer• Casual Setting• Interactive• LikeOpportunitiesto Tell Stories• BuildRelationships• Value Computer/Video Learning• LikeRole-Playing• Get InstantCoaching• Short attentionspan• ExpectMultimediaPresentations• Like AffirmationAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Approach to Faith• Be a GoodSoldier• Loyal to theInstitutions• Rebuild• Renew(What are werenewing thistime?)• Pursue aspirituality that isauthentic andmeets myindividual needs• Looking foropportunities toparticipate• Seeking Meaningand Affirmation• Community /RelationshipsAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Seeking in Parish• Attend MassReligiously - It’sOur SundayObligation• Community• Relationships• Chance tochange the world• “I want to getsomething outof it.”• Opportunitiesto Participate• Opportunities toserveAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Table ConversationAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Building your Generational ProfileGo to the Breakout location assigned to your generationand create a profile to bring back to the full group.Assign the roles in the “Group Roles” handoutAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Generational Profile ofYour ParishAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Open Space ProcessAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Choose 1 of 4 WorkgroupsLeadershipMass AttendanceVolunteersTechnologyYour group is going to work on it’s topic in light of what we havelearned about generations.Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Your Group’s ReportHow to view each topic through the lens of thefour generations?What strategies does your group recommend?What commitments are the members of your groupwilling to make in this area?Write your report on flip-chart paper with a marker.Pick a spokesperson for your group.Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Spiritual Aspects ofGenerational MinistryAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Spiritual Virtues NeededHope: To Trust That We Can Create Rich Multi-GenerationalCommunities.Humility: To Admit What You Don’t Know About AnotherGeneration.Courage: To Minister In Ways That Are Not FamiliarTo You.Patience: To Take The Time To Listen And Work To Understand.Wisdom: To Integrate The Diverse Perspectives Of YourParish Into a Meaningful Story For All.Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Keys To SuccessAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Keys To Success : Value Generational DiversityMany Churches Have One Model and Try ToMake Everyone Else “Fit In”Better Path-Embrace Generational DiversityTap Into Tremendous Potential of the Full Rangeof Talents and PerspectivesAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Keys To Success : Aggressive (Over) CommunicationDifferences Often Based on Unarticulated AssumptionsSurfacing These Assumptions is a Giant Step TowardsResolutionRequires Investment in Time/Training to Foster Spacefor DialogueAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Wrap-UpDifferent Generational Perspectives Have Huge ImpactOn Workplace and ChurchNo One Perspective Is CorrectKey Is To Recognize the Different Perspectives andSeek to Understand Where the Other Is Coming FromAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


Thank You for Attending!Dominic Perriwww.essentialconversations.netdperri1@yahoo.comAge to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish


References• When Generations Collide (Lancaster and Stillman)• Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for your Non-Profit (Peter Brinckerhoff)• Generations: History of America’s Future (Strauss andHowe)• Generations at Work (Zemke, Raines, Filipczak)Age to Age: Ministering to Generational Groups in Your Parish

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