I'm sure you've heard of the generation called "Baby Boomers." They are the generation that followed the Silent Generation and preceded Gen X.
76 million Americans were born from 1946 to 1964. Why the spike in births?
Following World War II, soldiers returned home and sought to resume or restart their lives as civilians.
Women who had served in the military or worked outside the home during the war, also sought new lives.
For a huge number of soldiers, this meant starting a family. Because of this, the birthrate skyrocketed following World War II as soldiers returned home. The boom of new babies that were born comprised nearly 49% of the American population.
Fast forward to today. I believe that late this fall and into 2021 there will be another baby boom. The reason why? Think about all the couples that have been stuck in their homes for the last 5 months or so. With this extra time, many couples will have more margin to spend time together.
The results of this will be seen this fall and into 2021 when there is a spike in births. Will the spike be as large as the previous baby boom? Maybe or maybe not. But one thing is for sure, the number of babies born will increase.
So what does that mean for the church? It's good news for churches. I believe church's nurseries will see an increase in babies. And that's important to know and be prepared for. Why? Because babies are the future of the church. They are the promise that a church will continue to thrive as the faith is passed down to them.
I often mention these quotes because I believe they are so true.
"If you don't hear any babies crying,
then your church is dying."
"A church without children is terminal."
Babies are a promise that the church will continue to grow and thrive in the generations to come. But the church must prepare and be ready for the coming boom. That being said, here are some more articles and resources that can help you get ready.
Nursery and Preschool Ministry is NOT Childcare
The Greying of the American Church
Why Nursery Ministry Matters
3 Ways Nursery Volunteers Can Make a Huge Impact in Babies' Lives
4 Big Reasons Why Nursery Ministry is NOT Babysitting
Why Churches Must Invest in Preschool Ministry
Top Ten Nursery Tips
Looking for more ways to improve your nursery and preschool ministry? Check out the best-selling book "If Disney Ran Your Children's Ministry." You can purchase it at this link.
Another great resource is the Parent & Child Dedication Class and Ceremony. You can see more about it and purchase at this link.