CNLP 121: James Emery White on the Rise of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation

There’s a generation after the Millennials that looks like it will be even harder to reach than Millennials. Meet Generation Z —people born after 1991.

Academic, theologian and Pastor James Emery White talks about what your church needs to do to reach them.

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3 Insights from This Episode

1. Generation Z isn’t just the next-phase of culture. They will be culture. Generation Z is the age group of 25-years-old and under. They might be younger than millennials, but they’re not just “younger millennials.” They are the first truly post-Christian generation in America. They grew up with hands-off parents and the internet in their back pocket. They have access to all information, but are exposed to very little wisdom. Generation Z is out new mission field, and the strategies that worked for Generation X and Millennials doesn’t work anymore.

2. We’ve moved from an Acts 2 culture to an Acts 17 one. The current culture is fast-losing the memory of the Gospel. The Christian voice and cultural influence is in the minority. Evangelism used to be event-focused, but with Generation Z it needs to shift to both a process and an event. It all starts with a personal relationship with a Christian. That Christian then can invite them to multiple events, engage in meaningful conversations with them and and ultimately journey with them on their walk to a relationship with God.

3. You don’t need to water down truth, but you do have to figure out ways to best convey it. When Jesus met the woman at the well, he extended her an extraordinary amount of grace and radical acceptance as a human being. He spoke truth to her, but he served it up in such a way that she went running to the village proclaiming His name. When Jesus interacted with the unchurched and spiritually lost, He conveyed truth in such a compelling way that they would invite Him into their homes for dinner.

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