Generation Z and Why They Matter
Who is Gen Z?
If you attended the parent enrichment night this week, you may recall Pastor Matt Harder talking about Gen Z. The students in our school, including your child, are considered Generation Z. The first wave of Gen Z students will enter college this fall. Gen Z's processing of information, worldview formation, and social connections are more different than ever due to technology and continual access to information. Other names for this age group of school aged children include iGen, Gen Tech, Net Gen, and Digital Natives. Do you see a trend?
What does this mean for Christian education?
Gen Z is also known as the first "post-Christian" generation. According to a study from the Barna Group, more than one third of Gen Z people surveyed believe that it's not possible to know for sure that God is real. Truth seems relative. Their world is uncertain. They long for connection and want to change the world.
This is why Christian education matters. Imagine a passionate generation who desires to change the world and is pointed to the Truth of Christ. What an impact this generation can make. They aren't interested in learning about culture. They want to BE the culture. I am excited to be in a place that can make that happen in an environment focused on the absolute Truth of God that every person matters, has a purpose, and can be in relationship with Him.