Top 20 Takeaways from the 2014 Alignment Conference Blog Feature

By: Aspen Group on November 05, 2014

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Top 20 Takeaways from the 2014 Alignment Conference

Culture | Events | Millennials | Managing Facilities

On October 21, Aspen Group held its 15th Alignment Conference at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box in Naperville, IL. David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, unpacked the key findings from the Barna/CKN study on Making Space for Millennials, while his fellow speakers—some of today's brightest thinkers and leaders in the church—explored how churches can apply these key findings in practical, relevant ways. The video above captures the sights and sounds of an exciting day.

If you were one of the 260 attendees, or if you weren’t able to make it this year, below are the top 20 “tweetworthy” takeaways from the day.

For more information on Millennials and facilities, visit Aspen Group's resource hub or download a sample chapter of the report.

Ed Bahler, Aspen Group

"If we pay attention to the art around us, it's an unbelievable window into the hearts of the people around us."

"What Millennials are looking for are 'Big God' examples from their leaders."

"Millennials are looking for leaders who are willing to step into a conversation about a harder faith and a bigger God."

Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church

"When the church does what it’s meant to do, people see that it is what it’s meant to be."

David Kinnaman, Barna Group

"How can church leaders measure meaningful relationships? Ask people, who is your best friend at church?"

"Are you giving enough platform for younger leaders that it actually costs you something?"

"Don't try to save the generation, but partner with leaders God has called."

"Make the gospel as complex as it needs to be but as simple and profound as it truly is."

Julie Bullock/Brad Leeper, Generis

"Treat your Millennials like givers until they realize they're not."

“We haven’t expected Millennials to be generous. When we expect less, we receive less.”

"When it comes to engaging Millennials on giving: you're not meeting the budget—you're helping change lives."

Lindsay Dudeck/Aimee Cottle, Fishhook

"Pursue authenticity in your church:  authenticity outlives cultural differences."

“Millennials may have shouted for authenticity louder than the rest, but all generations are looking for it.”

"Millennials are going online to see what a church cares about, not how good their website looks."

Derek DeGroot, Aspen Group

"If you're embarking on a building project right now, incorporate lots of windows. People value nature. So does God."

"Build an empathy team at your church to evaluate how Millennials experience your church."

"One of the most beloved spaces for Millennials:  periphery. Create nooks to facilitate relationships and conversations."

Jeff Frazier, First Baptist Church Geneva

"We have to fight against becoming one more obligation in people's busy lives. The church needs to be a place of rest."

"So what are we supposed to align ourselves with? Our fundamental alignment is to be with the heart of Christ."

"The best gift you have to offer to the Millennial generation is Jesus."