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“We can’t have kids running around the building,” a church member mentioned when the committee debated an outreach program to  Hispanic millennials and their families.  Yikes!  So let’s be intentional about inviting non-church attending Hispanic millennials and expect their children to behave like our sweet chamacos that were raised in church.  Sorry, it ain’t happening!

Take a moment ponder on the above scenario.

Done?

Good, let’s move on and ask yourself, “is the church ready for disruption?”

Let’s consider that 28 percent of Hispanic millennials are not affiliated with any religious group the Pew Research concluded.

28% #Hispanicmillennials #unchurched, Pew Research

That’s by far the largest generation that has lost any denominational designation.  This larger percentage of this group are in the 18-29 year old range and have delayed marriage but not necessarily having children.  In fact, this age range will typically have 3+ kids.

Jeff Iorg, President of Gateway Seminary, made the observation that church is being done with events and programs that don’t connect with him and he’s ok with that.  At the time of the writing Dr. Iorg was close to the age of 60.  He goes on to say that millennials need to reinvent programs that reach the same demographics.

Again,  it’s worth asking;

“Will your organization be ready for disruption?”

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There is a community outside your walls that desperately needs to hear of the hope that is in you.  But if you’re not intentional about it it will not happen. As you look over your members start visualizing who will be the leaders that can take this initiative. Once you do this your church leadership needs to get going. I have identified a couple of low-cost ministry opportunities your church can start immediately.

 

Provide Financial Education

How many of us wished we would have had better managed our finances?  I know I struggled with this.  My home church offered a financial course and this did two things for me: 1) Made me a tither 2) Was more committed to the church.

It’s no secret Millennials carry debt and are “financially stressed”. This is an area that has an immediate impact.

One such training is Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University or FPU. Almost anyone with a pulse can lead this course as it only requires a host play the DVD and ask questions out of a book. Mr. Ramsey does all the teaching. My wife and I participated in FPU as part of our pre-marriage counsel and it has paid dividends.

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Partner with other non-profits

Millennials will give of their time where they can use their skills.   I’m reminded of a friend who coaches several basketball teams throughout the year. I never pictured this individual doing this type of activity!  They want to see their volunteer work pay off immediately; think a soup kitchen, career counseling, or group project. It is noted that they prefer to work in groups rather than solo projects. I look back on the ministry opportunities my family and I participated in and many involved serving alongside other families. This reminds me…

Don’t be of the mindset that HM are selfish and are all about me, me. Or as my mom says, “yo yo Generation.


What about you?  What other ministries have you had success with?  I’d like to  hear your input.

So you might have seen these young,casually dressed individuals around your community, cafe-haus, or in your church pews and wondered…”who are these people?”

These people, my friend, are Hispanic Millennials.  Hispanic Millennials are defined as individuals born from 1981-1996 and make up the largest racial group in the U.S.   A large number of Hispanic Millennials were born in the U.S. making them proficient in speaking the English language.  This is a shift from older generations as they preferred their native tongue.

As you begin to identify and interact with members from this group I have listed below 6 characteristics that make this group unique. (I only provided a small list but am confident this will allow you to meditate on and start planning).   It will behoove you to consider these characteristics when planning material and ministry opportunities.

They include:

Family focused- Hispanic Millennial men are more involved in children activities than prior generations.  Churches will need to seek opportunities where men can serve alongside their families.  My wife, my girls, and I, along with other families, volunteer in a community soup kitchen and this helps me spend special time with my girls.

Community driven– They seek to form relationships beyond their four walls.   Shortly after Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Coast a young Millennial reached out to the Convencion director and mobilized a group that would travel to the coast and provide much neeeded supplies.  While leading a small group I provided them an opportunity to identify areas in which the congregation could serve.  There were several ideas all with a heart for the community.  They included providing breakfast burritos to neighboring apartments and shopping centers, a career services team,  and a clothing closet.

Strong desire to connect with cultural roots– While fewer speak the Spanish language they still seek to connect with their heritage.  We see this in marketing and more recently in Hollywood’s productions.  When we first attended our previous church we sought those older gray-haired couples that resembled or reminded us of our “abuelos”.  As a result, we became members of the congregation.   BTW the Mexican meals provided were a special touch too!

Sense of belonging–  My wife and I longed to be a part of a group where young and old couples came under the same roof and shared each others trials and victories.  Seeing that this presented an opportunity we sacrificially and humbly allowed our home to be this sanctuary for four great years.  My wife and I are both recipients of long-life friends because of this opportunity.

They are confident and optimisticYes, they think that anything we set out to do we can succeed in.  Many grew up in homes where their parents struggled financially and experienced doing without and now they believe it can only get better.  They have the “It can only get better” mentality.

They value transparency and authenticity-  Don’t try and sell to them.  This is a big turnoff and will have a less than desirable impact.   They can see right through the smokescreen.

What’s Next?

You as a church leader are in a unique position to embrace this group and minister to them.  The calling will not be an easy one as a large number of Hispanic Millennials are “detached from institutions” including religion, a study by the Pew Research group concluded.  I am encouraged that this calling presents a great opportunity to share the gospel and convert, then disciple, and finally promote into leadership roles.