I read a passage in the new book, Faith Formation 2020, which really has caused me to think more deeply about our worship service. It was a passage talking about our youngest generations: the iGeneration, our children born after the year 2000, and the Millennial Generation, our youth and young adults born between 1980-1999. It reads:
“Learning experiences for Millennials and the iGeneration need to be experiential, image-rich, multi-sensory, interactive, engaging, and varied in learning style…The youngest generation (the “iGeneration”) is a creative and multimedia generation. They think of the world as a canvas to paint with words, sights, wounds, video, music, web pages, and anything they can create. Multimedia means using multiple modalities to reach these students.”
I wonder, how many of our congregations are beginning to recognize this shift, and incorporate multimedia in our worship services? This can be a large transition from our traditional services; one met with hesitation, resistance, and even outrage by members of other generations. I wonder if we are able to meet all of these various generational needs in an hour-long service? Can we pull in a YouTube clip and show it on a screen in the sanctuary without taking away from the worship experience, and by inspiring those in our midst?
I’m curious as to how congregations are accepting this challenge, or if it has come up at all?