Dec 08, 2016

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Episode 129: The Millennial Perspective

A New Take On Life And Learning


Today Dr. John Seel joins the show to chat with us about his research on Millennials and how they can serve the church in the years to come. Dr. Seel is a part of a cultural impact consulting firm specializing on millennials. He was the former director of cultural engagement at the John Templeton Foundation.

Dr. John Seel // info@cardus.ca // Facebook

Notable Points:

  • It is important to listen to the next generation and they should be viewed as a gift to the Church.
    • Our stereo types tend to mask the actual helpfulness of the Millennial
    • generation.
  • Millennials tend to view life as an explorer than a dweller.
    • This means that they have convictions, but they understand that they can’t know it all.
    • They tend to value experience over book knowledge.
  • They tend to view things in both and rather than a black and white sense.
    • Reality is messy and that nothing is in a closed box.
    • This makes it difficult to connect with if you think that you know all about a topic and can’t learn from them.
  • The millennials tend to be post enlightenment and post secular.
    • They view reality with windows and are open to transcendence.
      • This typically doesn’t end up being with orthodox christianity though. Therefore you can view their perspective as secular.
  • It is important to approach Millennials with humility and as on a spiritual journey.
  • Some argue that this view of life is closer to living like Jesus than other generations in the past.
  • Millennials value experiential learning with relationships.
    • It doesn’t matter if it is more difficult they would rather do it in a relational context.

Links We Talked About

Sider Center

Recommended Books

Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis

Screwtape Letters C. S. Lewis

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about the author

John Seel


John Seel is a cultural renewal entrepreneur and social impact consultant. He was the former director of cultural engagement at the John Templeton Foundation and is the founder of John Seel Consulting LLC. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Austin College.