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					         Meal-times                   Adoption
  Pain              Distance
                                      Vacations
Hope
              Joy        Separation        Education Fund

                                      Disability
    Conflict             Abuse
                                      Single
Sleepless Nights
                      Forgiveness

  Childless                            Health Issues
                Memories            Love
Family Ministries

 Embracing any age
 Reaching every age
With the love of Christ
                  This Series
• Family Fortunes – Family as central in the Bible
• Family Future – a Biblical perspective on Family:
  Family is important, but not the most
  important....
• Family Foundation – God as parent and the role
  of parenthood
• Family Friction – what pulls Family apart
• Family Fellowship – what brings Family together
• Family Faith – a place for everyone in God’s
  Family
But today
         The Generation Gap
• Words of a survivor
• Words from an old guy
• Words from an even older guy
  The Generation Gap

What is it and how did it happen?

   Communications Theorist
      James W. Carey
The Generation Gap

   Four Generations
     The Builders
     The Boomers
      The Busters
     The Bridgers
            The Builders

     G.I. Generation (born before 1925)
Silent Generation (born between 1926-1939)
    War Babies (born between 1939-1945)
              The Builders

       Families met round dinner table.
                Mom cooked.
Things were bought for their value, not image.
  When something was broken, you’d fix it.
 Key institutions: family, school, and church.
   The Builders
     Hard workers
   Savers and Frugal
   Patriotic and Loyal
       Private Life
       Respectful
       Stable Life
Intolerant of Difference
              The Boomers

Leading-Edge Boomers (born between 1946-1954)
Trailing-Edge Boomers (born between 1955-1964)
          The Boomers

     Astonishing economic growth.
             Cold war threat.
Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best
   Greater educational opportunities
          Travel: airlines and cars
                 Space race
               Rock ‘n’ Roll
          The Boomers
      Educated and Independent
Cause-Orientated and Fitness Conscious
          Quality Conscious
          Question Authority
               Activists
          Music with a beat
         The Lead Generation
           The Busters

  The Bust (born between 1965-1976)
Generation X (born between 1977-1983)
             The Busters

                 Roe v. Wade
          Technologically proficient
      Television and News accessibility
Social networks: peer groups and work place
             Business education
           AIDS and sexual activity
  The Busters
      Freedom
  Issues of Survival
       Neglect
Kinesthetic Education
  Pace of Life is Fast
 Postpone marriage
           The Bridgers

Generation Y (born between 1984-1993)
Millennials (born between 1994-present)
     The Bridgers

The Internet and “Always On”
     “Mosaic” - Diversity
         Postmodern
    Pace of Life is Fastest
        Customization
       The Bridgers
      Technologically savvy
Like tradition but not traditional
            Demanding
             Tolerant
  Connection and Community
          Group Reliant
                  So what?
•   Each generation influences the next one
•   Do not judge a different generation
•   Listen with patience
•   Consistent love and acceptance
•   Have “boundaries” but be sure you know why

				
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