May 30, 2019 Staff

Christian Millennials Most Likely to Sense Call to Job, Use Gifts to Help Others

Christian millennials
in the U.S. are most likely to say they feel called to their work and desire to
use their gifts to help others, according to a Barna Group report published May

A recent survey
assessed how U.S. Christians understand and view their work, asking questions focused
on respondents’ sense of calling, happiness at work and motivation behind their

A majority of millennials
(54%) were satisfied that current employment was preparing them for future
plans (compared to 44% of Gen-Xers and 35% of boomers), while 50% expressed a
sense of calling to their work (compared to 39% of Gen-Xers and 37% of boomers).

Presented with
the statement, “I want to use my gifts and talents for the good of others,” 67%
of millennials affirmed this view, while 60% of Gen-Xers and 57% of boomers did

When it comes
to using gifts and talents outside the workplace, boomers and Gen-Xers were
most likely to say they do so (75% of both generations said this was “very
true” or “somewhat true”). Among millennial respondents, 71% affirmed this was
very or somewhat true.

“Just beyond
Millennials is Gen Z, and it remains to be seen what kind of long-term engagement
they may have with the Church at all. Currently, Barna finds, they primarily
define themselves by academic or career
, with faith and family further down the list,” the report

“It will be a
significant and pivotal undertaking for churches to help emerging adults become
more vocationally minded than career-oriented.”

The report is
available here.