WASHINGTON - A prominent pollster and youth outreach ministers argue that young people mimic the relational and evangelical focus of the Early Church. They maintain that older generations need to learn from youth and witness to them in new ways rather than attempt to convert them to the older forms of worship.
"The church of tomorrow is not the glass cathedral – it's the living room," John Zogby, founder of the "Zogby Poll" and the Zogby companies, a prominent pollster and best-selling author, told The Christian Post in response to a question at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.
Zogby, whose book First Globals: Understanding, Managing, & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation debuted in June, claimed that young people born between 1979 and 1994, a group referred to as "Millennials" or "First Globals," prefer personal interaction to identifying with institutions. "Millennials are not institutional – they haven't had much of a reason to trust institutions," Zogby argued, noting that institutions do not emerge as young people's heroes.
Nevertheless, "people have a religious gene," and they end up trusting one another in relating to a personal God. He referred to the new methods of community – from Facebook and Twitter to texting and email – as an encouraging trend. "This is a rapid-fire world…they're talking, communicating, building communities."