Every year Beloit College releases their mindset list to give us a window on the world in which incoming freshman have grown up. This list is always a fun and enlightening read.
When I speak to churches about campus ministry, I say that working with college students does require us to speak a new language in some way. It is not quite the same as traveling to a foreign country and literally learning a new language. But we are shaped by our culture and times and there are assumptions and experiences people in my generation have had that are totally different then the generation ahead of or behind mine. For example, with every year the terror attacks of September 11 become a more distant memory. Everyone alive then can remember where they were at when they heard, but soon it will be an item for history books.
Here are some highlights from the list (or read the whole thing):
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