Renewal Ministries and i.d.9:16 remain committed and passionate about helping the current young adult generation, or Millennials, become intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. In an effort to expand our efforts, we’ve partnered with Sarah Kaczmarek (Catholic Alpha) and Pete and Emily Burds (Archdiocese of Milwaukee) to create the Millennial Church Conference (MCC). This new initiative seeks to help parishes empower young adults by examining the characteristics and trends of Millennials, analyzing what they are saying to the Church and how the Church is responding, and diving deeper into the importance of evangelization and discipleship for this generation. Additionally, the MCC provides practical strategies for how parishes can take both little and big steps toward making their communities reach both the young adults in the pews as well as those who aren’t attending Mass.
We’ve piloted the conference in four dioceses (Milwaukee, Joliet, Rockford, and Green Bay) and we’ve received invitations from several more. We see the MCC as a “professional development” day for a diocese, because priests and their teams receive fresh insights and inspiration for reaching this elusive and often-confusing generation. Here are some responses we’ve received so far:
“This was an extremely engaging, enriching, and inspiring conference! The presenters were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and made their presentation interesting by using videos, Power Point, and music! I would highly recommend going! —Lynn, Pastoral Council member
“The Millennial Church Conference gives insight into the characteristics of the upcoming generation that is the future of the Church. However, this generation is the CURRENT church, and this conference shares the importance of their presence in today’s church.” —Lisa, Youth Minister
“This conference is absolutely worth your time!!! It is thought-provoking and helps you enter into the life of those in the Millennial generation who actually ‘think’ differently than you might.” —Deacon Hank
To signup for the next MCC, to bring the MCC to your diocese, or for more information about the Millennial Church Conference, go to www.millennialchurchconference.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Go make disciples!