Poll Finds Millennial Evangelicals Are More Likely to be Engaged at Church When Attending Than Older Generations

Evangelical millennials are more likely to be engaged at church than older generations of evangelicals while also being more likely than Generation X evangelicals to give to charities every year, a recently released poll indicates.

Commissioned by the marketing and fundraising firm Dunham+Company, a survey of over 1,000 evangelical believers across the U.S. was conducted by WPA Intelligence in April in a quest to analyze generational attitudes on charitable giving.

The study found that 53 percent of self-identified evangelicals surveyed said they attend church once per week or more.

By comparison, 61 percent of millennial evangelicals (ages 18 through 34), 54 percent of “boomers and matures” (ages 55 and over) and 44 percent of Generation X (ages 35 to 54) respondents said the same.

“Millennials are often believed to be disengaged in their faith, but this study shows that those Millennials who identify as evangelicals are more engaged in their faith than other generations,” Dunham+Company founder Rick Dunham said in a statement.

“This mirrors our study from 2017 which showed that Millennials generally are as likely to engage in religious attendance compared to other generations, with this current study showing a much higher engagement among those who identify as Evangelicals.”

Measuring the generosity of evangelicals, the survey found that 71 percent of evangelicals said they give to charitable organizations each year.

Only 55 percent of the general population said the same in a Philanthropy Panel Studyconducted from 2001 to 2015 by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, according to Dunham+Company.

Dunham+Company’s most recent survey found that “boomers and matures” (78 percent) were the generational groups most likely to say they give to charities annually.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith