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Rebuilding a Generation

I had the honor of speaking at C3 Church this past Sunday in a Family Values series about Gen Z and the younger generations.

Here are some generational facts:

Gen Z: Born 1996-2015

Millennials: Born 1977 - 1995

Gen X: Born 1965-1976

Baby Boomers: Born 1946 – 1964

Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before

We have 5 generations all living during our current time period.

Gen Z is a generation of first. They are bringing in new realities that we have never seen before.

They are the 1st generation:

  • That doesn’t need adults for information. They have google. (But they need us for interpretation.)

  • That can broadcast every thought and emotion in real-time.

  • That has external stimuli at their fingertips 24/7.

  • That is in social contact at all times and yet struggles with isolation. (We can be so connected yet disconnected at the same time, struggling to connect with people.)

  • To learn more from a portable device than a class.

  • That endures the same anxiety levels as someone in the psychiatric ward in the 1950s.

They say that 2 out of 3 in this generation are leaving or have already left the church and are twice as likely (than any other generation) to become atheists.

While most people throughout history have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives before the age of 21, only 3% of this generation read their bibles.

Since 2020, this generation has taken the brunt of isolation, confusion, chaos, and even covering up their faces.

The world can look at this and say, “we have a problem, “ but you know God always speaks differently than the world.

He speaks life and hope, and He doesn’t say we have a problem. He says We have an opportunity.

As the Church of Jesus Christ, we have an opportunity to make a huge impact in this generation and for God to get all the glory.

I am so burdened for this generation that I talk with student leaders at other churches and do research. We have even been studying Gen Z and how to reach them this last month in CLI.

They are compared a lot to Nehemiah’s day.

During Nehemiah’s day, the children of Israel were taken into Babylonian captivity. (the Babylonian captivity was the last story in the Old Testament) It was a 70 year period, and Israel was decimated.

It gives us a modern-day picture of our country and our world. Walls were torn down. Walls were the symbols of systems, values, and traditions decimated.

Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the King of Babylon, the modern-day Iraq, Iran area.

He had favor with the King, and he had appealed. I want to go home, and I want to rebuild my country, and the King granted his request.

I am praying that the spirit of Nehemiah jumps on all of us.

Human nature is to sit back and blame. Blame the generations, blame the government, blame blame blame. And just sit back and watch.

Or we can be proactive like Nehemiah and say, I want to rebuild, let me be a part of rebuilding.

Nehemiah 4:14(NIV)

After I looked things over I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember that the Lord our God is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

We all have a role to play in fighting for this generation, not just parents, even if you’re 12, 21, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, or 80’s.

This generation wants us to fight for them.

One of the churches we are in relationship with and have been talking with is Church of the Highlands, and they did a survey of hundreds of students and asked them this question,