Thoughts on Gen Z

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12


As a pastor who’s been in the ministry for over 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of observing and interacting with people from all walks of life, every age and stage. Every generation has their unique characteristics. I’m particularly intrigued by Gen Z, those born between 1997 and 2012. With their open hearts and willingness to make sacrifices, they’ve left an unmistakable impact on the world around us.

I want to share my thoughts and observations of Gen Z and what makes them unique.


Openness to Diversity:

In a world that sometimes seems divided, Gen Z’s embrace of diversity is a breath of fresh air. 

They understand that our differences are part of God’s intricate design, and their willingness to engage with people from diverse backgrounds is a testament to their understanding of Christ’s love for all. As older generations, we can follow their example by actively seeking out opportunities to connect with people who are different from us. 

Let’s remember that Jesus Himself engaged with people from all walks of life, and by doing so, He truly loved His neighbor. This openness is not just heartwarming but aligns with the Bible’s teaching that we should love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31).


Willingness to Sacrifice:

The selflessness of Gen Z is evident in their commitment to causes larger than themselves. 

They don’t just talk about making a difference; they take action. Whether it’s participating in community service projects or advocating for climate change solutions, they are living out the call to be good stewards of God’s creation. 

We can join them in this effort by finding ways to incorporate service and sacrifice into our daily lives, seeking out opportunities to care for others in practical ways. Their selflessness reminds me of Jesus’ teachings on love and service in Matthew 25:40.


Tech-Savvy Compassion:

Gen Z’s adeptness with technology is not just about scrolling through social media; it’s about using these platforms as tools for change. 

They are amplifying voices that need to be heard, and they are making a positive impact on issues ranging from social justice to mental health awareness. As older generations, we can support and mentor them in using technology responsibly and effectively for the kingdom of God.


Questions to Ponder

  1. How can we, as individuals from different/older generations, learn from Gen Z’s compassion and openness? 
  2. In what ways can our churches and communities better engage with Gen Z, recognizing and nurturing their passion for making the world a more compassionate place?