The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation

by Thom Rainer, Jess Rainer. B&H Publishing Group, 2011.
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Written from an evangelical perspective, this book outlines the results of a large-scale survey of “millennials” conducted by LifeWay research group, focused on those born between 1980 and 1991. The authors, father and son Thom and Jess Rainer, report the findings of the study and offer interpretation and recommendations for Christians, and particularly congregations seeking to reach out to the largest generation in American history. Before addressing explicitly questions about millennials and their relationship to Christianity and church, the authors address the ways in which millennials interact with family, diversity, the workplace, media, and money. By sharing the results of their survey, as well as narrative from the open-ended questions and more in-depth interviews, the Rainers strive to paint a portrait of this generation without resorting to over-generalization. This is a hopeful view, and congregations may find it helpful as they consider ways of connecting with millennials, both those attending church, and those outside of it.