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Odds-n-Ends :: The Generation Next Mindset

Church Executive Magazine ran an article in March 2007 about Beloit College's "Mindset List." Each year the Wisconsin school identifies the worldview of 18-year-olds entering college. Among this year's findings...

Among the 75 citations of what last fall's college freshmen will never have known:
- The Sovient Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
- They have known only two presidents.
- There has always been one Germany.
- They are wireless, yet always connected.
- "Google" has always been a verb.
- Megachurches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S.

Issue Church in 20th Century Church in 21st Century
5. Automobiles driven to church Four family members in one car Four family members in three cars
15.
Coffee
Maxwell House in 40-cup urn, small styrofoam cups and powdered creamer (YUK!) Starbucks Cafe' Latte, Frappacino, Grande Mocha, etc. (YUM!)
16.
Comfort level
Same ol' same ol', predictable, comfortable, hymns Edgy, unpredictable, uncomfortable, drama
23.
Costs
Keep it cheap because the church pays User fees for curriculum, camps, coffee
46.
How work gets done
Committees elected by congregation Self-appointed teams based on giftedness
67.
Numbers
Nickles, noses, budgets, tithers Don't care; whose life has been changed? Experiential

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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