Billy Graham Crusades His last was in 2005. They were five years old.
Televangelists Committing Fraud and ConspiracyMore on why that should influence how your church talks about money in Tony Morgan’s article “It’s Not the ‘80s Anymore.”
Giving Cash at ChurchThe Unstuck Group’s intern this semester specifically mentioned “offering plates of all varieties… the strangest ones I’ve seen were velvet bags with wooden handles. Very retro.” Tony also said his church doesn’t take an offering in services anymore. And there are no “giving boxes” either.
Why “See You at the Pole” Is a ThingPrayer at school is not a part of their collective consciousness.
“I Can Only Imagine”Aka Contemporary Christian Music as an influential genre.
Overhead Transparencies for Song Lyrics / Reading Songs from a HymnalThey have no idea why older people in your church don’t like projectors and screens.
I Kissed Dating GoodbyeBut, that doesn’t mean they are dating—at least not in real life. (Ask a few teenage girls when was the last time a boy actually asked them out. You’ll get some eye-rolling.)
Multisite as a New ThingIn late 2005, there were already more than 1,500 multisite churches in the United States.
The Charismatic Movement / The Word “Charismatic” Used in Spiritual ContextWhether you’re for it or against it, they don’t understand why.
WWJD BraceletsAh, the ‘90s.
Drama TeamsAka video clips without the magic of editing.
Church DirectoriesIf you still have one of these, let me guess the average age of the people listed.
Wearing Your Sunday BestSee #2. It’s been mostly acceptable to wear jeans to work, and church, since before they were born.
CD Recordings of the SermonWhere would they even play a CD? If it’s not digital, they aren’t listening to it.
Tent Revival Meetings Similarly to Billy Graham Crusades, without the historical context, these make no strategic sense. Why would you set up a tent beside your building and have service every night? An 18-year-old probably won’t even bother to ask why. They’ll just chalk it up to weird religious stuff.
What You Mean by “Traditional” or “Contemporary” Services Style “Contemporary” isn’t a thing. The 1990s started almost 30 years ago. If you’re trying to reach Gen Z and Millennials, and you think you have a “contemporary” service that will reach them, there’s a good chance you’re trying to connect with them using a style that emerged before they were born. The literal definition of contemporary is “belonging to or occurring in the present.” Oh, that we would own that definition. The Holy Spirit belongs to and occurs in the present, just as much as he did when the past was the present. As for “traditional” services, I can’t say it any better than Amy Anderson, The Unstuck Group’s Director of Consulting, recently did: If you have a service you’re calling “traditional,” it’s probably not reaching new people for Christ.