"Young People" - Millennials vs. Gen Z

24 de ago. de 2023 · 44m 21s
"Young People" - Millennials vs. Gen Z
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Christianity in the United States is aging. Just 30 years ago in the 90s, about 90% of Americans identified as Christian. But in the past few decades that number has...

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Christianity in the United States is aging. Just 30 years ago in the 90s, about 90% of Americans identified as Christian. But in the past few decades that number has declined significantly - and the difference is especially obvious in Americans under 50 years old. The concerns around this issue have been a focus of many Christian groups for years now - with seminars and training initiatives that focused on finding ways to get Millennials back in church.

But Millennials are no longer the youngest generation of adults, and the trends in young people detaching themselves from religious organizations has just continued to grow even faster. Many conversations about young people and church focus on theological and social disagreements. They often focus on differences in ideas about gender roles, race relations, climate change and sexual orientation. And when you look at the data, those are definitely major areas of separation.

But what if politics and theology aren’t the whole story? What if there’s more separating us than we realize?

In the United States, Generation Z is the first generation to grow up having social media around them for their entire lives. They are the first true digital natives - the first to have access to smart phone technology as children, and the first to be exposed to so many mass shootings, climate disasters, and social movements on a near daily basis. They spent several of their formative years in the COVID-19 pandemic, which interrupted major milestones like high school and college graduations. And although both Millennials and Gen Z spend a lot of time online - we may not be crossing paths as much as you might think.

In this episode we interviewed Lindsey Gispert, who is currently studying at Walla Walla University. Lindsey works as a Student DJ for a local radio station, and finished among the top 10 finalists in NPR’s 2022 National Public Radio Student Podcast Challenge.

Does the future of church still look like buildings and sermons? Or is the future of Christianity something far more interactive, more versatile, and more involved? We’ll talk about relationship obstacles between Millennials, Gen Z, and the church in this episode of Bridges Over Walls!
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