Insights About Reaching Millennials From Two Millennials Pastors [Podcast]

Millennials… Flaky. Inconsistent. Non-Commital. Inauthentic. Insert your own adjective here _______.  All terms frequently used when the millennial generation enters the conversation. However, even for as much as there may be threads of truth woven into stereotype personas, the reality is many millennials are quite the opposite of how they are often portrayed.  Many are dependable, consistent and crave authenticity. The secret lies in learning how to crack the code and speak the cultural language of the millennial, serving them where they are and challenging them to new levels of life and spiritual growth.

In this month’s Group Talk, Carolyn Taketa talks with millennial pastors Tommy Carreras and Jennifer Ip about their experiences, insights and perspectives on reaching, impacting and developing the millennial generation.

Tommy Carreras has been on staff for 2 ½ years at Mission Church in Ventura CA, a four and a half year old church plant, leading small groups and new guest connections. He loves the challenge of designing and implementing strategy around people’s real stories. He says, “my bio would be longer but I am only 25 years old.”

Jennifer Ip is the Lifegroups Director at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. Prior to that role, Jen was on staff with CRU, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ as the director of CRU City Millennials in LA. Jen is also a life coach, specializing in working with millennials.


  • James Browning

    James Browning is the Pastor of Small Group Network Development and a staff member at Saddleback Church. He has over a decade of experience in marketing and digital evangelism.

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