Why the Word 'Millennial' Makes Me Cringe

by John Green. January 2016.

Author John Green discusses the downside of labeling millennials, especially if you're trying to attract young adults.


insights from a prominent Young Adult novelist and video blogger

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congregations trying to connect with young adults



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  • Review your young adult strategies and assumptions by discussing this article.
  • Improve your social media practices and thoughts about young adults by reading this perspective.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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