How Well Do You Know The Next Generation?

When I look at today’s teens I think, “Wow, they live in a completely different world than I did at their age.” Researchers have labeled this next generation as Generation Z. These are people born in the mid-90’s to right about 2012. These are the pre-teens, teens, and some young adults in your church. They number about 23 million. They are tech savvy and noted as a generation that is “always on”.  Online that is. While this is a large generation, it is also the least religious generation with only one out of five kids saying they enjoy participating in faith-based activities. So, where does this leave the future of our churches?

There is a lot to learn about the next generation but for the sake of time we will focus on one element that has enormous potential for missional living. This generation wants to make a difference with their life. They seek out relatable influencers and look for causes to rally around. When they find that “something” they are passionate about, they use their social media skills and act to bring awareness to reach the masses. 

Just think, what if they fell so passionately in love with Jesus that they took on every opportunity to share His hope to a lost and dying world? 

When I think of the possibilities of a generation rising to spread the Gospel, I am reminded of the lyrics in the chorus of the song, Fierce by Jesus Culture:
Like a tidal wave crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane that I can’t escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
His love is fierce

Leaders, we must model a relationship with God that is real and authentic. It is crucial to show this generation the good, bad, and the ugly of our spiritual journey. If this next generation was to capture what it means to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God, they would be the fiercest generation to reckon with. I would risk putting my life on the table for them to draw closer to the Father. 


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