At the Children’s Pastors Conference last week, I had the opportunity to teach a breakout session on the future of Children’s Ministry, specifically for the year 2025. I enjoyed researching my generation of Millennial parents and both my daughters’ generation, Generation Alpha, those born 2010-2025.
These two groups will make up the children and families who we minister to in 2025, and there is surprisingly a lot we can already know or predict about their future. In the breakout, I gave 5 objectives for effective Children’s Ministry in 2025. You can read the first four objectives in these previous posts:
One of the interesting shifts we see in the coming generations centers on diversity. Millennials represent the most diverse generation we have ever seen. According to 2012 census data, 60% of 18 to 29-year-olds are non-Hispanic white. That is down from 70% in previous generations. Additionally, 11% of millennials are born to at least one immigrant parent.
But millennials will not hold the title of “Most Diverse Generation” for long because Generation Alpha represents an even greater shift across the American landscape. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the population of racial or ethnic minority babies was 50.2 percent. This marks a historical change because “minority” children have now become the majority.
Data reports that this shift has already been seeing the U.S. Public Schools. In the 2014-15 school year, minority student enrollment in public schools surpassed that of white students.
It is reported that by the year 2020 (certainly by the year 2025), “non-whites” are expected to become the majority of U.S. children.
This leads to the fifth and final objective:
An effective children’s ministry in the year 2025 will…
Build a Volunteer Team Whose Diversity Mirrors The Community They Reach
The next 10 years will see big changes in what the American family looks like. The community around your church is likely already very diverse. But is that diversity represented on Sunday morning?
If not, be open enough to discuss the reasons why someone might not feel welcome or accepted. Consider the unintentional messages that might deter someone from worshipping with your family. Be bold enough to make changes that will form intentional relationships with those of different race and ethnicity in order to better understand how the Gospel unites us all under the banner of Christ.
And if your church is experiencing a shift in diversity, praise God for the opportunity to taste of what worshipping in Heaven just might be like!