In the midst of our concern about the Millennial generation, something interesting is happening: They are starting to get married and have children.

According to an article in the Aug. 13, 2015, issue of The Wall Street Journal, now that the majority of Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) are reaching their mid-20s and early 30s, they are opting for marriage. Unlike the preceding generation, most of their children are being born within a marriage relationship.

Based on emerging trends, “For births in the year 2015, 59 percent of children born to this generation will have married parents, according to Demographic Intelligence’s forecast, and that share ultimately will rise to around 77 percent (in) the next 10 years.” Further research shows “that only about 25 percent of those between 25 and 34 will remain unmarried,” suggesting “the vast majority of millennials will eventually tie the knot.”

That’s a reminder to today’s church leaders that life changes, such as marriage and the birth of children, offer a critical opportunity for churches to reach out to serve and connect with this generation. What can your church do to engage these young families and bring them to the gospel?

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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