This generation of middle school and high school students, known as Generation Z, is unlike any other. But what sets them apart from the generations that preceded them? And how can the Church best serve and influence them? This week, join Tom Shefchunas, Crystal Chiang, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a conversation on what Generation Z is all about, how they’re different from the generations before them, and what that means for us as youth workers.



Generation Z is defined as anyone born in 1995 or later. (1:00)

What are the differences between millennials and Gen Z? (7:00)

When it comes to the Church, this generation really is a blank slate. (7:30)

Gen Z identifies their success so much by how they’re performing. (8:30)

Every generation is shaped by the crisis they’ve experienced. For most of Gen Z, that was the 2007-2008 financial crisis. (9:00)

We’re all a reaction to the generation behind us. (14:00)

Gen Z has an attention span of about eight seconds. (15:30)

When it comes to creating an environment that students want to attend, the number one thing a kid wants in the room is more students. (19:00)

This generation cares so much about authenticity. (20:00)

If it’s true that a parent is the number one influence on a student’s life, we can’t really do ministry apart from a parent, even if the parent is not a believer. (22:30)

This is a generation that has something to say. (29:30)

Our best bet as leaders is to aim for authenticity with this generation. (32:00)

As leaders, we have to get better at adjusting culturally when it comes to generational shifts. (33:30)


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