How big is the Millennial Generation?

I came across this article while doing some research, and I wanted to share it with those who enjoy reading about Millennials (who are currently emerging adults)!

Marketers tend to focus a lot of energy on Millennials. Their lives are deconstructed on many different levels, and there’s research to be found on anything ranging from their top financial goals to the ways in which they use their phones. Those analyses are all helpful in their own right, but –  stepping back to the big picture for a moment – how many of these prized individuals are there in the US? The latest data out from the Census Bureau gives a sense of how large this coveted generation is.


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The Power of Generational Mediators

A “mediator” serves as a conduit, or channel, between two parties in conflict, seeking to ensure that both feel understood, respected, and able to contribute towards an agreeable solution.

As a pastor, I have served as a mediator numerous times – negotiating house rules, establishing consensus over new policies in the church, or seeking healing in a relationship.

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Within the church, disagreements can erupt between different generations due to disparate values, beliefs, and practices. I have stood up in defense of Millennials amidst a boardroom of angry Baby boomers, and I have defused frustration among disillusioned Millennials in hallway conversations.

As churches seek to become more intergenerational in their programming, conflict will inevitably arise. Does your community have people who are equipped to serve as intermediaries between the generations? Mediators of generational conflict can restore peace and unity in three ways.

1.    Mediators understand.

Effective mediators are “swift to hear, slow to speak.” (James 1:19) They ask great questions and are motivated to understand another’s perspective. They want to know the “what,” but will keep digging until they also discover the “whys.” Before bringing together conflicting parties, mediators will seek to understand each group’s desires, values, and practices.

2.     Mediators translate.

During times of conflict, fear and anger can limit or completely block reasonable communication. Mediators are able to remove these obstacles and promote effective communication. By knowing those involved, they will choose words and expressions designed to calm emotions and facilitated mutual understanding between the parties. Fruitful mediation takes time, and all sides must remain patient through the process, believing the results will be worth the effort.

3.    Mediators build bridges.

In the midst of discord, we tend to focus on our differences and perceive our opposition as villains. Dehumanizing others relieves our own sense of guilt, allowing us to justify hurtful words, thoughts, and actions. Mediators remind each side of their common ground, and build bridges towards mutual respect, understanding, and love. As human beings, we can always find some common ground in personal fears, dreams, and emotions. Within the church, mediators lead us to our common ground in Jesus and His call upon our lives.

If your community seeks to become intergenerational, who has God provided as potential mediators?  Seek out and train individuals who are able to value varied perspectives, who can communicate with patience, and who know how to build bridges upon common faith and love.  Well-trained mediators are essential to maintaining a healthy, united community.

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  This article first appeared on, where David is a regular contributor.

Move over Babyboomers – You are no Longer on Top.

It is official!  The reign of the Babyboomers as America’s largest living generation is coming to an end.  The population of the Millennials is currently 75 million, but is expected to increase due to immigration.

Alas for those of us given the title “Gen X”!  We will not overcome the Babyboomers until 2028, and like most “middle children”  we will never be the center of attention.

Here are a few points from the article.

  • Baby Boomers have always had an outsized presence compared with other generations. They were the largest generation and peaked at 78.8 million in 1999.
  • The Census Bureau projects that the Millennial population was 74.8 million in 2014. By 2015 Millennials will increase in size to 75.3 million and become the biggest group.

Here is a the article.

With the “reign” of the Babyboomers coming to an end, what does this mean for the Church?  I believe that churches already feel the shifts that are coming with this new generation, but are unsure how to respond.  If your community wants to understand and minister to the needs of Millennials, maybe we can help.

david in hat - blackDr. G. David Boyd is a member of Gen X – the middle child of generations who was destined to be overlooked by big brother Babyboomers, and little brother Millennials.  In spite of feeling neglected, he loves both generations, and believes the church needs representation from each of them in order to healthy.

What if your 20’s weren’t what you expected?

Millennials who are said to have been pampered and babied through life are often unfairly characterized as being delusional and selfish.  Rather than characterize a generation in a negative light, we should seek to personally minister to those emerging adults that God has placed around us.  It is not just emerging adults who struggle because they thought life would be easier.  All humans struggle with overcoming broken dreams and failing expectations.

Pain isn’t a Respector of age, but it comes on the young and the old alike.  Life is hard, but God is good.

The author states that when facing disappointment, we “need to grow new expectations, ones that wait for God to show up in ways we couldn’t imagine, to expect seasons of joy and grace in the midst of difficulties. We need courage to find new dreams when our old ones aren’t happening.”   

I found this article applicable to those in their 20’s, and to all who are wrestling with broken expectations.

11 Things Millennials only do in Articles about Millennials.

Hate cars with every fiber of their being.

Millennials hate cars with every fiber of their being. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Here is a great humorous piece that I found that illustrates how Millennials are often wrongly characterized in media.

The article’s main point:  “Stop your millennial trend pieces. We don’t all act the same way and love the same thing. Well, except when it comes to Game of Thrones.”

Statistics are helpful as we try to understand and relate to other generations.  Unfortunately, sometimes articles are written using skewed statistics, unreliable statistics, or no statistics at all.

Have a good laugh, and may it cause you not to judge another person by the statistics of their generation.

An Apology from the Millenials

The blame game and name calling continues.  Everywhere you turn in the media, you find a major news source either yelling at the “Millenials.”  Time recently put an article on their front page calling them the ME ME ME Generation (future review to come).

They are spoiled, entitled, lazy, and simply a detriment to all of society.  This is why they have issued a public apology to all of us, but particularly to the great “baby boomers.”  (Partially because no one even gives a rip about Generation X – of which I am supposed to be apart).

I believe that this video does a good job at poking fun at both generations, and shows how ridiculous this pattern of blaming other generations has become.  It is hurtful to families, society, and churches.

We suck and we are sorryPlease check it out by clicking on the link below.