A Study of Generation Z

We’re going to look at an introduction to to Gen Z and if my if I turn this on it’ll work this morning we’re looking at an introduction to Generation Z I mean you’ve heard of the Millennials the generation everybody loves to hate right okay so Gen Z is the one after that all right we’re gonna be talking about Generation Z this morning this morning is going to be part two because everybody loves a prequel all right and so this morning where’s part two and tonight will be part one because this morning is much more introspective and much more kind of annalistic of Generation Z and our generation Z is not here so we can talk about them all we want and there are no issues right so it’s not a problem but tonight will be more fun more in intro you know intergenerational we’ll be talking about some of you a little bit so that will be tonight so that’s why we’re doing part two this morning this was kind of birthed from an hour and a half study I did and so we’re not doing we’re breaking it up I’m not making you sit for an hour and a half so just to give you an idea of where this information came from if my clicker well there it is so here are the materials that I used for this study generation Z a century in the making and it takes about that long to read this book it’s so if this is if you like textbooks and no pictures no pop-ups then this is the one you want if you want something that’s a little more interesting but still pretty heavy and yeah my clicker is just not doing it this morning work okay is it working up there yeah it’s happening Oz well there it is okay this is all right now it’s going crazy okay so this is the one that would probably be more fun to read if you like stats and and and pictures and I push the wrong button if you like stats and pictures and charts and diagrams and this is your book to read from the Barna Group but meet Gen Z if you’re gonna read just one I would recommend reading meet Generation Z so that’s where this information comes from it is not my own and now I’m not plagiarizing alright let’s move on so Generation Z what is Generation Z why are we even studying generations their study because of marketing political stuff there’s a lot of different reasons why we study generational have generational studies and so political trends education healthcare religion workforce all these areas are already talked about Generation Z and I have gained plans in place for generations II already so that’s already happening because right now the oldest of Generation Z are in their mid-20s and already in the workforce and those who are preparing for this generation have already started talking about them and so that’s why but the Bible talked a lot about generations before probably one of the saddest verses in the Bible Judges chapter 2 verse 10 all that generation also were gathered to their fathers talking about the generation with Joshua and Caleb all a generation that grew up under Joshua they were gathered to the father’s they died right and then what happened another generation that right did not know the Lord nor yet walk with work with what he had done for Israel so so that and then Jude arrived in chapter 6 if everything goes well in a perfect society we teach generation to generation how to grow up how the worship God how to work with him and when generation to generation should pass that on if everything’s working correctly Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse 7 is that passage that says this is how it should pass on and the old testament is not the only place to find this information we see this also in titus older men older women young men young women everybody’s teaching the next generation coming up so the Bible talks a lot about being introspective and looking into what is what’s going on with the next generation and we need to be those that teach the next generation so that’s why we can talk about in Bible class so now we’re authorised alright so now we’re looking at generation Z those that are born 95 to 2010 9 to 24 years old mid-20s first of all I want to say that there is a lot of debate about generations of where you stop generations and where you start them all right tons of debates ok so this could be moved around between three to four years okay so there’s some swing time there and we’ll talk more about that this tonight with our with our class but there’s a lot of debate about actual date range but that’s in general kind of where we are it’s 795 is the earliest before for Gen Z and some goes late as 2016 so there’s some wiggle room there if you want to look at that so we have they’ve been called aij in digital natives they called themselves the founders MTV put pulled the the gen Z and asked what do you want to be called they wanted to call the founders because they’re starting things there they’re very entrepreneurial and we’ll talk about more that I guess tonight in talking about their studies why homeland generation any idea about homeland generation what have they always grown up when they travel what have they always done please raise your hands and so they have always known that kind of travel they’ve always known homeland security type situation they’ve always known that they’ve never been before right now they’ve and the only reference may be if they’ve seen the airplane movie they might reference how it used to be right so there’s they’ve never known like that kind of Transportation and and they’ve never had life without Homeland Security so post Millennials the plurals these are all the different names that they’ve been talked about but why are we talking about them because they’re a huge group they’re a huge group boomers thought they were all that a bag of chips but they are no longer the biggest generation Millennials were bigger than them and now gen Z is even bigger than Millennials so it’s a huge huge population and that’s Gen Xers are this kind of little little little group they’re nothing too fancy about us so but by 2020 they will constitute 40 percent of all consumers do you think Amazon studied Gen Z yes they have okay so all those who are selling anything have studied this generation because we’re looking at a huge population boom but it’s also talked about our possibly the last generation will ever talk about the last generation let’s just think about that for reason for a second when we talk about generations there are huge events that typically mark a generation it is in always every 20 years we’ll talk about a generation it isn’t always that but what they’re saying is things are happening so quickly technology is moving along so quickly that there won’t be any really defining marks for generation we won’t really talk about a specific nailed down generation in the future a possibility a hypothesis but things are moving much more quickly than they used to whereas before we can mark a generation with radio to TV to computer now it’s just you know technology is taking off and it’s not as easily marked that way so possibly the only next generation will talk about that time time will tell so we’ll see how that goes by the way this is a class those if you have questions please raise your hand I can’t promise I’ll have answers but we’ll try right so so this morning as I said we’re gonna be more introspective so we can talk about things that might be toast awkward for them to hear okay so that’s why we’re talking about that this morning but saw our self perceptions this is huge a huge marker for generation Z 43% C personal achievement and 42 C hobbies as a most important to their self to who they are so if you want to communicate yes sir oh they’ll be here tonight we’ll get them right between the eyes tonight but but I really want to talk about them while they’re not here because there we have a responsibility to them right and we need to kind of know some things about them and be aware of some things and there’s well we’ll get to something this morning that’s going to be pivotable for all of us to be to be in the know about to help help this generation coming up but it’s important to know these things only one in three C family background and religion as an identifier this is this is just jens e and in general bright this is broad brush strokes this is not religious or on religious all right we’ll get to that in a second but in general they don’t see family background right the 23andme and all those online sites and if you if you did all your research on your family history and you sat down and took an hour to explain to a young child their family background guess what they don’t want they might not care okay so so that is not a huge identifier for for them but more than half see their parents as role models that is awesome and scary right now again this is a young generation right where have not we’re not we’re pulling a young generation so they’re gonna they’re gonna talk about those people that have the most influence in their lives it so kind of take some of this with a grain of salt they’re not mature they have not necessarily seen all there is in the world yet but for right now they see their parents as role models so that is important if you want if you’re taking notes I would write that one down that’s an important one for Jen zine those with different ethnic backgrounds see those identifiers obviously that should be important but here’s what I want you to notice those engaged Christians see their faith is something to identify with by engaged Christians those are those who are who come to worship their family makes makes worshiping God a priority it makes the Bible a priority in their life and lives by those ideals that’s an engaged Christian family and when that is a factor in Jesus and Gen Z’s life then it changed things very differently their views on a lot of things are very different and so that is a key factor in and how they think and and what their what their child is shaping their ideas that plays a lot plays a big part in their sexuality and gender is this talked about at all sexuality and gender I I remember back when I was young and a preacher used to say sex in a sermon and it was scandalous right and now it’s like well whatever you know it’s it’s we say that as much as we say the Holy Spirit so it’s just a very very different but sexuality is central to their sense of personal identity why why would you think that well you got to decide which one they are yeah homosexuality is a big big topic sexuality in general is a huge topic and something that’s talked about a lot a lot of ideas floating around out there about it so it is something that will be close to their identity and it you know it should obviously 48 percent believe gender is based on what a person is born Y 33 percent believe it has to do with how they feel so less than half say it has to do with what you’re born with and more than a third it’s more about how you feel and I would suggest that maybe that’s a growing number probably and seven out of ten feel it’s definitely or probably acceptable to be born one gender and feel like another now there’s a lot there that we can unpack seventy percent feel that it’s probably or is acceptable acceptable by society acceptable in all it to be born one gender and Shania Twain it to another gender all right you can feel like however you want to feel so seventy percent think that’s acceptable or plausible again I’ll be talking about this a lot are they hearing about this yes they are yes sir yes sir we’re getting to that that’s right and so there’s some different ideas about that three and ten thirty percent report knowing a friend or peer who has changed their sexual identity how was that for you when you were growing up was that was that even talked about when you were growing up yeah yeah so there’s a little bit different ideas about that forty five percent would feel neutral if their friend was questioning their sexuality forty five percent would feel man whatevs if somebody was questioning it not a big deal right if as big a deal if they had Cheerios pop-tarts for breakfast not a big deal okay so just again this is broad bus brushstrokes also just a disclaimer here we’re talking about generalities and big broad brushstrokes kind of concepts here this does once we get through this information it does not mean that I know how everybody thinks on this subject you can’t come up to somebody who’s in Gen Z and say you’ve got to get your act together right because they may not believe and we’ll see more and more as as Christ and church families and influence on them they don’t believe this kind of stuff this is Gen Z great-grand everybody all right we’ll get to some numbers that shows the difference between those who are members of the church or practicing active people the church compared to those who are not in just a moment but this is for right now errbody okay so be careful with the information so as we look at more more of these kind of ideas and I get my pages here goals and priorities what motivates what motivates Gen Z teachers out there it might not be scratches sniff stickers like it was for us right it might not be working less likely to want to drive more than 25% of seniors in high school do not have their driver’s license which where I read this blew my mind right that was like what in the world I’m coming from the generation that as soon as I could I was I was wanting to drive alright the certain child in my life that I kind of had to like push like let’s do this man alright so I need you to do this it’s so so yes this is there’s a less Drive nowadays so they’re people who are graduating from high school going to college and they don’t know her and doesn’t even matter automatic or manual doesn’t they don’t know how to drive so anyway we’ll get off that but 41% are looking forward to the freedoms and responsibilities of adulthood less than half care about adulthood right half care about those responsibilities which means what yes all right yes so boomerang children and how long can a child stay on your insurance he had depending on your insurance right what I was drawing on if he’s man get your own insurance about that time and so it’s very different and even even the economy is kind of moving towards allowing things to buy insurance has changed so that children can stay on longer with the parents so it’s not that society is saying we shouldn’t do this society is helping this happen right so anyway so that’s that’s that there’s a higher priority on career education and less to focus on marriage and family career focused and we’ll talk more about why tonight but how some of that has to do with what they’ve seen their parents go through Millennials Jen Jen Jen Xers and Millennials had to change jobs 7 to 10 times whereas earlier boomers and those before were married to a job like you didn’t change so if they’re seeing their parents go from job to job to job struggle with economics 2007 started one of the greatest recession since before World War two and they saw their parents go through that then that’s why they’re like I’m focusing on taking care of myself because I’ve seen my parents struggle and I don’t want that and that’s why founders and that’s why we’re gonna be entrepreneurs and that’s why it so there’s a lot of how that kind of Cascades and other things so of those who are engaged Christians 46% say spiritual maturity as a goal compared to the unchurched which that’s kind of a it’s kind of normal right but that’s still less than half of those who are engaged Christians still less than half say the spiritual maturity is a goal engage Christians of engaged Christians only 29% want to be marry before the 30 so if you’re waiting on grandchildren you’re gonna be waiting a while all right so that’s what we’re looking at right now and only 16% want to have grandchildren so the age of having a quiver full you might get two shots we want to be a good have a good aim all right so in most of Jen’s e-site parents or family members as role models but six out of the ten reasons why they cite them as role models is because of financial reasons career and financial reasons so again we’re starting to see that’s a focus for or for them all right here’s one that might be kind of spicy morality and values wheel of morality turn turn turn okay two of you guys over here know what I’m talking about all right so twenty four percent believe that morality changes with culture that’s a growing number by the way that is not and some of you in here probably believe that that is well but but that is a growing number 21% believe it depends on the individual 34% of unchurched while 77% of engaged Christians believe lying is morally wrong 34% of unchurched people on Church Gen Z’s believe lying is morally wrong that means how many two-thirds essentially just break that down because math in the morning two-thirds believe lying is not a moral issue so you can’t trust them all right no you can’t you can’t go over how I’m thinking that but again this is broad brush strokes but even 77% so that’s just only two-thirds of those who are engaged Christians believe lying is morally wrong and so here’s what we’re kind of separating things some things out I want you to pay attention to these numbers because we’re gonna have a question here at the end 29% of unchurched while 80% of engaged Christians believable is wrong also a changing number all these numbers are in flux as they continue to grow up and can tackle Church ange to drive what is known as truth 38% of unchurched while 91 of engaged Christians view marriage as a lifelong commitment we’ve had a lesson in here about just the eroding of marriage and we see that but well I’ll get to that question in a second 21% of unchurched while 76% of engaged Christian believes sex before marriage is morally wrong that’s again a changing marriage are changing sorry changing marriage brussels changing number twenty percent of unchurched while 77% of engaged Christians believe homosexuality is morally wrong so that’s changing what are we seeing with these numbers are they really close no they’re like this and they’re going like this okay so this this polarity is getting getting much much bigger what did we say America was back when we raised you know wave the red red white and blue and back when we fought for what was right and back when and everybody knew your name what what did we believe America was morally we were a what nation Christian nation are we that way anymore according to these numbers no we’re not no we are not if you really want an idea where we’re going as a nation just look to Europe that’s where we’re going morality wise look to their policies and their kind of change that’s where we’re going if you want an idea you know we fought to get away from who and now we just want to be like them so you can’t please anybody so it here why why is this important to know why is this important to know what what does this mean as far as now what responsibility do we have to Gen Z teach prepare for battle arm myself right so that’s what that’s what we need to be building because it is they’re not getting it out there right if we’re saying well you know they have good friends air quotes right they have good families but look what they’re those good families are thinking they are fiying they’re great people they go along with everybody their tolerance and we have a good time we’re hanging out with those people but those people aren’t teaching the values that these people would believe in teach so please understand that while yes we can have friends from outside but those who speak into our lives and should have an influence should be here should be in this room right and so please make sure that that’s happening for our children and grandchildren yes yeah that’s very good the question was is this generational or is this environmental as far as these numbers are concerned is that correct so that’s a very good question so yes so and in some ways these things are up on the screen are in some ways again I’m going to use a big broad brushstroke answer here are in some ways our fault and we’ll see that tonight that’s what we’ll talk about tonight because we’re going to go from generation to generation and see those changes those things we made those changes we made and from generation to generation how we are making things better and now we’re reaping what we’re sowed all right so that was part of it it is it is that but it is also kind of how we’re looking at things and because of the thinking processes are different we’re looking at in this next one talking about we’ll get to truth when that gets eroded then everything becomes this kind of postmodern where it come in a post-postmodern kind of scenario and so that erodes everything as well so it’s kind of burning a candle at at each end does that answer your question yes yes yep yes yes yes did you all hear that okay so so it’s not what what what Michelle’s saying is it’s not fair to say as fairs are right where can I use that worksheet and use that word it’s not accurate maybe to say that because they fall in this generational gap those are going to fall all of these all of these generational markers it is it is possible to take a child from any generation and raise them to be to be anything essentially you can you can program a child to be anything and that is exactly the point I’m trying to make and we actually we can close up class and go home at this point so does it matter exactly what I’m trying to it is so important that while we are in a generation and that thinks this way one we need to know how they think because we need to be able to talk to them because this isn’t just this isn’t just us protecting us this is also us ministering to everybody else right so if we’re just doing this then we can just build a big commune and live inside of it it’ll raise our children inside a commune and they’ll be exactly what they want them we want them to be barring a few little you know everybody’s a black sheep right so but but then we could also take this information and realize that this is us working toward into talking into people’s lives being an influence of the fuels lives I need to know what makes them tick how they think how they view things so I can talk to them so that’s double-edged to hear this information it’s we need to protect but we also need to look outward and be inclusive with this information so that is exactly right and that’s exactly the point I wanted to make with with this question we’ve talked about so thank you very much for bringing that up yes sir yep yeah yeah the word of God should guide us right and there always be those that are departing from the faith if you want to talk about morality Rome was an exactly a huge moral example right not a shining star of morality Rome in those early early cultures so we kind of in some ways turn to turn the wheel around but in some ways we’re kind of digressing so if you look at there’s a next idea of truth yes sir no no yeah no and that’s true with any group of people anytime anywhere right that is that is always a truth that yes there are some some standards that should be in place but there are always people who are not and while there were people who did in at a time believe in lynchings like us kind of stuff there who didn’t and we’re persecuted for it and that’s that’s that’s a great how I recognize that I recognize that and you’re setting this thing up very publicly for tonight and we’re gonna talk about that stuff tonight if you want to be here for that talking about how this generation is much more integrated than any other generation before and so there while we are talking about somewhere all these things and how some things that some dark corners of maybe begin broad brushstrokes restoration there are some shining really good shining areas for this generation and again not saying that this nation is ever in perfect raise your hand if you personally a perfect nobody is collectively as a generate as a nation worse right so and and then as a nation there are always things that are bad and wrong and but again broad brushstrokes here about about these kind of things yes ma’am yes Jill Miller filmstrips Martin will work nice and we’ll talk about some things that are we need to get if we have time to get to it hopefully we we do but looking looking at truth 37% of Gen Z believe it’s impossible to know if God’s real 58 of T percent of teens and 68 percent of adults say there’s no one true religion 66 percent believed that a person can be wrong about something they sincerely believe but that’s down from 85 percent that number is dropping so what what does that mean what does that mean there’s a growing number of people that just because I believe it it’s true have you talked to somebody like that before well I believe it it’s got to be truth well can you support it well that is a matter that’s irrelevant that’s irrelevant I don’t have to support necessarily I just have to believe it and be able to argue about it and make catchy means about it and now it’s a fact so 46 percent say that the need for factual evidence to support beliefs which means less than half need factual evidence to support something let’s break this down let me just put this other up here let’s break this down right now as as a generation would you say that we have more greater access to information than any other generation or any other time before but we have a group of people and that I don’t really necessarily have to have facts I can just print stuff out there and say this is true I can you know WikiLeaks this stuff and it’s gonna be it’s gonna be fact its which has which has both what how many of you ever heard of Snopes those fact-checking engines and there are always accurate they have agendas too but but you see how many of you have posted something and somebody texted you or messaged you or talk to you later and said that wasn’t accurate like you posted it as like this is fact I can’t believe it and then later on somebody said that’s probably not accurate you might want to actually check that have you done that okay so so that is happening more and more and so when we see that the problem that Gen Z and a lot of us have is how do we balance what science says and then what I learn on Sunday mornings with flannelgraph how do i balance that what would your answer be I feel like I’m singing an invitation song well what would you answer B if Boyd you dance would be if you’re if a child asks you I’m learning this in science but the Bible says this over here all right trust the Bible but who made science yes who said it first God did right God made science all right science if it’s honest dovetails with the Bible all right science when it is honest dovetails with the Bible that’s also true with the Bible if you’re honest with biblical information and you’re not corrected with Bible information it dovetails with science all right what do we have here in this congregation and what do we promote quite a bit to help children understand that this happens apologetics press we have a tool here to help us with that should we be brushing up on those articles even though there might have some big words that I’ll have to increase my vocabulary yes we probably should to see that these things match to understand that a carbon dating system is a broken system and to understand that either the Stone Age Iron Age Bronze Age all kinds stuff that’s a broken system that is not accurate all right those are all things that are not accurate yes sir yeah yes there are other voices out there other than what they’re learning in their textbooks in schools to get information from yes sir let’s skip over this right this big huge detail of something came from nothing like Bill Nye they’re not so science guy who is really an actor has no scientific degree whatsoever how many of you how many of you were raised up watching that okay and maybe promoted that the not so science guy he is now so many memes looked up some Bill Nye memes that they’re awesome so so truth well what do we say about church among churchgoers and that’s one time in the last month 82 percent say that it’s a place to find answers great I don’t have to come once a month and we’re good probably not all right but that’s what this studies identifies church goers as a one time a month it’s relevant to their lives again among church goers the sense of community is important what are we trying to emphasize here so much that aspect right family we are a family a sense of community a sense of belonging we have a bunch of crazy uncles and aunts here so this is a great place only 35 percent believe traditional coat and tie is important so let’s you may want to rethink that among all Gen Z 59% say church is not relevant among all among all not relevant doesn’t really does it’s not doing it for me alright so those that do come want to belong again irrelevance is a word that use a lot in relationship to church faith and truth and what we are doing what are we doing and this is a question I like to ask as well what are we doing to to put some grit and spiritual resilience into our children yes yes and yes and if we’re neutral I think of a sponge right how many of you sponges still anybody okay so a sponge like when you squeeze it in and you put it into any kind of media water or anything and you let go of it it soaks up whatever’s there all right so if we take our children and their sponge and you stand there and you compact them as they grow up they’re expanding whatever media they’re around whatever medium whatever anything they’re round they’re soaking up so what do you want to be around them as much as possible they’re soaking up God right there’s good Sunday School answer God Jesus in the Bible right those three things the ones the ones I want around my child grandchild to be soaking up as much as possible as they grow up and because if it’s not then they’re soaking up something alright they’re soaking up some something also we need to and tonight we’ll talk more about this how they view and how they talk about information how they view others is very different than how we might approach a conversation the the the style of combative and debate ‘iv is gone dead alright that they they do not believe that that is a way of talking with anybody so much so that they don’t even they’re afraid to even share truth with somebody or what they believe to be true because they don’t want to be viewed as judgy I don’t want to be judgey even even some children close to me will say well I don’t want to be judgey but all right so I mean they recognize that that’s an issue but they’re still gonna say it so when you make sure that we’re not just giving them information but we’re teaching them how to use it as well because again information could be two edged so passing on faith hopefully we’ll have time again this is kind of what I was just talking about what does scientism because science says it’s so right if you wave a banner that be said because solids right that’s scientism and so how do i how do I argue truth how do I talk to people about faith when when when scientism is is the law of the land and so those are things we need to be working with with with the gen Z and to teach them so they’re not you know viewed as to talk with people an open dialogue that’s not combative they need to have reasons for faith appalled teaching apologetics Vergennes ii is not an option if you’re wavering well I’m not sure if we should do this yes do it right it is not an option this needs to be something that they read and know about and when you raise them up on the biblical world view not just coloring books in the pew we need to take their faith seriously when they’re in here they’re soaking up something right we need to take from this age up seriously cradle roll knows what a Bible is when you hold it up because they’ve been taught to know what a Bible is when you hold it up are you sure okay so what’s so it’s it’s important that we raise children up and these things very quickly they need wise relationships with parents and others they need to be shown how to create healthy spiritual habits yes sir yep yes yeah and again that’s that’s generation Z at large that is not this generation that is at large generation but yes that you’re right it is it is kind of saying to us you don’t really matter like you’re not you’re not important in my worldview of things it’s kind of what that’s saying yes mm-hmm yep I think I’ve read that somewhere they will know you by your robe something like that I can’t remember so there’s a lot of again like so much here we can’t get into but if if we apply biblical principles those biblical principles are true for any generation any time anywhere any place any language any culture and that’s one of them you’re talking about important topics for Gen Z let me just put these up here these are things that should be talked about in the home emptiness all of these things are important topics we don’t have a lot of time to dive into all of these things but they are the most diverse generation ever and that that should be something that’s praised and and we’ll talk more about some of the numbers with that how to handle technology how to handle money what sex is what truth is how to empathize with people correctly empathize or tolerance isn’t just agreeing with everything they’re saying necessarily openness about who they are and and faith and then emptiness we’ll talk about some of these stats tonight that while teen pregnancy and teen drug use is down the issue psychological issues with depression suicide is all skyrocketing so so the ones sex drugs and rock and roll not an issue all right well I mean it’s obviously mission but it’s not as big an issue as some of the other things that the psychological side of mental side of handling living in this life but not getting scarred by that so we’ll talk about some of that tonight any questions comments before we close yesterday yeah that’s why we have 12 more years with them right so so okay but yeah that’s exactly right all right so we got to start somewhere and we need to make sure they know exactly right what that what the word of god is thank you very much for your time this morning

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