They are the children of the 60s. There was a time they said you couldn't trust anyone over 30 . . . until they turned 30 themselves. Until the Millennials were born, they were the largest generation in America's history with over 76 million live births.
They are the Baby Boomers, or the Boomers, as they are typically called today.
On January 1, 2011, the first Boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every Boomer is 65 or older.
The implications for churches are staggering. This generation is not of the mindset of previous aging generations. According to a Pew Research study, the typical Boomer does not believe old age begins until age 72. And the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age.
So what are some of the implications for churches? Read these carefully. There are very few churches that will not feel the impact of retiring Boomers.