The 411 on Millenials’ Spiritual 404

MORE UPDATE: I was also interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show.  Listen here.

UPDATE: I was interviewed on the Morning Air show with Sean Herriott this morning on this topic.  Listen in:

404_error Alison Hillhouse recently reported for MTV regarding the spirituality of millennials. She calls attention to the 2012 Millennial Values Survey and reported on here.

Basically, youth look towards church and find a disconnect to their lives. While it is not uncommon for younger adults to be less religiously affiliated than older folks, the Millennial generation’s rate of disaffiliation is higher than previous generations at comparable points in their life cycle.

For millenials, there must be a sense of frustration regarding this.  If not, at least, WE should feel it.  It’s like searching for something on-line and getting a 404 error message on their spiritual screens. It’s a generational thing, affecting all denominations, but Catholics are certainly getting walloped as it happens.  And researchers indicated that it is probable that fewer Millennials than previous generations will reliably return to congregations when they are older, settled, and raising children.

affiliationchartTwo-thirds (64 percent) of Millennials who were raised Catholic remain within affiliated with the Church, BUT one-quarter (25 percent) now identify as unaffiliated.

The MTV research indicates Millennials are seeking from religion to what they believe as what works in their world –  an environment that’s open-sourced, fluid, hackable and allows for self-expression.

Our challenge is to recognize the individual while not forgoing community… to declare truth that affirms our orthodoxy without getting lost in a headline news-clip culture that capitalizes on negative and judgment.

Young people want the interactive, the opportunity to experiment and collaborate and make something. Young people look at church and wonder could church be something like that? Should it be something like that?

The adult church needs to affirm that the tradition of Church is exactly that… and needs to do so soon!  Otherwise, the 404 message is discouraging the search. h/t the youth culture report

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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