I have spoken with several conference attendees and everyone felt the material shared was excellent and relevant in so many areas. Thanks again for sacrificing your time and sharing your experience with us. It was powerful, challenging and should cause each person to have God’s perspective on Millennials and Gen Zers. Without a doubt one of the best conferences I’ve attended." --James C., Area Director, World Team
Millennials and Gen Z are the leaders of tomorrow (and often today!). Young people face unique challenges and opportunities as they engage in the ministry and global missions. In the sessions listed here, Jolene presents helpful information for leaders of all ages as we engage and empower the next generation of leaders.
Each program listed below may be offered as:
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Key Cultural and Technological Trends that Impact Ministry
The world has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. Views on authority, institutions, and relationships have undergone major changes. Technology has transformed communication and employee/client expectations. Changing values and perspectives often result in conflict or misunderstanding. In this program, we will consider how these and related trends are impacting your team and organization. Attendees will learn strategies needed for every team and organization to survive and thrive in this changing context.
Understanding, Training and Leading Millennials and Gen Z in Ministry Contexts
This seminar provides an overview of the core characteristics, needs and desires of the Millennial generation (ages 23-37), and a look ahead at Generation Z (ages 7-22). It delves into the societal, educational, and technological trends that have significantly influenced these cohorts. Differences in learning styles, work ethic, communication expectations, and measurements of success often result in frustration and misunderstanding on inter-generational ministry teams. We will look at key strategies for effectively engaging those we are training and working with across generations. Millennials, who have now surpassed Baby Boomers as the majority of the workforce in America, also bring new perspectives on leadership. We will conclude with a look at inter-generational leadership, with unique implications for the church or ministry context.
Millennials in Ministry/Missions: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders
Different generations often hold diverse values and priorities when it comes to missions. This session presents a broad overview of the significant cultural and structural shifts occurring in our global society and how they influence the worldview of various generations. We will discuss how the ministry values of younger generations could influence the future of missions as Millennials (b. 1980-1995) begin to take leadership roles. Attendees will learn strategies for communicating and collaborating across generations.
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Intergenerational Teams in Missions: Challenges and Opportunities
This session looks at the powerful influences that contribute to each generation’s unique traits and behaviors. Resulting generational differences will be discussed in the areas of work ethic, communication, and leadership style, specifically as they relate to cross-cultural ministry teams. Attendees will learn strategies for developing and contributing to effective intergenerational ministry teams.
Engaging and Mobilizing Generation Z in Missions
Short attention spans, addiction to technology, and lack of interpersonal skills are a few of the descriptors used to describe teenagers and college students today. Generation Z (1996-2012) is also incredibly creative, pragmatic and diverse. As we seek to engage them missions, it is critical to understand their communication and learning styles, perspectives on the world, and unique skills. This program will provide strategies on how to develop effective processes and guidelines for this unique generation. We will also consider methods for engaging, mobilizing and teaching Generation Z in missions.
Mentoring Across Generations
Today, Google searches and online forums provide easy ways to get answers to our questions and input on our dilemmas. These resources can quickly replace conversations with trusted friends, family members, and mentors. In this context, meaningful conversations and relationships occur less naturally and must be developed intentionally. This session will discuss why mentoring is essential in our society today, and present practical strategies for engaging in intentional mentoring regardless of our age, personality, schedule, or experience.