I just sent my firstborn child off to Kindergarten today. She is beyond excited!
I am excited too…mostly. I love school—always have, probably always will—and I hope she loves learning too. Sometimes, though, I think about how much has changed over the past three decades. Some things certainly for the better; some things I am not quite sure.
I am one of those older millennials now lumped into a micro-category called “Xennials.” We are described as people who had an analog childhood but a digital adulthood, making us like a bridge between these two worlds.
- I remember how special it was to come home after school and eat dinner with my family without the competition of a cell phone sitting nearby.
- When we went to the doctor’s office, we actually read the magazines and books in the waiting room.
- For a long time, I used a typewriter because my parents hesitated to splurge on a computer.
Early Digital Memories:
- My high school history teacher warned us not to site any web links ending in ".com"
- In my early 20’s, I was one of those trailblazers trying to set a Guinness world record by how fast we could google. (Now of course, most of our three-year-olds can literally just talk to technology and get their needed answer. Without even lifting a finger!)
- I was one of the earliest Facebook users after it was tested by Harvard students.
Technology is not the only thing that has changed. The religious landscape has too. Many who grew up in the church have left and not returned. Reasons vary—some are fed up with hypocrisy, some have been badly treated, some are upset at how others have been treated, some just want to sleep in on Sundays.
An article from Religion News Service suggests “there are more than four former Christians for every convert to Christianity.”
Additionally, the largest and fastest growing religious group in America is referred to as the “Nones,” or basically the religiously unaffiliated. (per Meet Generation Z)
If you are a believer and you’ve read this far, you may be feeling a little depressed looking at the religious landscape in our nation. Perhaps you struggle with reaching this growing demographic with a gospel message of hope and healing in a broken world.
Many of us at EvanTell recently finished James Emery White’s most recent book: Meet Generation Z. (I personally decided to read it after one of our staff members, Mary Margaret Gibson, mentioned she underlined most of the book.)
This has been such a great resource, particularly the first two chapters, for helping us understand and connect with those born after the Millennials. (Especially as we work on developing curriculum and gospel materials!)
Look for Mary Margaret’s in-depth review of Meet Generation Z on Wednesday!
- Last year's Back to School Prayer Challenge using the acronym S.C.H.O.O.L.
- Visit James Emery White’s website: churchandculture.org
- Come hear James Emery White speak at EvanTell’s 45thAnniversary Dinner & Fundraiser in Dallas on April 26, 2018: evantell.org/events
- Learn more about Authentic Life, designed for reaching upcoming generations,