The survey explored faith and spirituality of the Millennial Generation.
More than 90% of the respondents indicated a committed faith.
Those surveyed profess a strong faith, believe that faith provides
a purpose for their lives, and think that God is with them no
matter what happens (only 10% of the youth responding think differently).
Additionally, teens pledge to hold their Christian convictions
even when their peer group opposes them. These Millennials are
also extremely confident in their spirituality. For example, 9
in 10 report that they think about God and spiritual concerns
each day. Likewise, the teens think of their faith as maturing.
The good news from this survey is that this generation is genuinely
seeking God and feel that they are making progress in their search.
Over 90% of these Millennial kids construct their identity based
on their relationships with God. This is encouraging news for
parents and ministers who are providing these Millennials with
ministry opportunities that stress relationship development and
connectedness to Christ and the Church. The study also establishes
proof concerning the optimism of this generation. These students
report their relationship with God is overwhelmingly alive and
growing (95%). This finding is a healthy indicator that Congregations,
parents and ministers must continue to encourage.
In the area of learning, one half of the males (49.7%) indicated
that movies had a significant role in their spiritual development
while females reported at a rate of 11% lower. Three fourths of
females and males indicated a preference for encountering multimedia
experiences to build their spiritual development. The power of
media and multimedia with this generation seems not only expected
but is also considered their standard for education.
Fully two thirds of the students surveyed accept the internet
as a primary way to gain knowledge and learn. Males surveyed are
slightly more invested in technology and internet usage, chatrooms,
instant messengers, Dot Me, and a host of other emerging technologies,
as a significant means of learning. Seventy-five percent of both
genders think technology should have an important role in teaching
the Bible. Due to their involvement and embracing of technologies,
the Millennial Kids are in the best position to help the older
generations understand and utilize the opportunity for spreading
the Word through emerging technologies.