Get Ready, Youth Group Leaders: Teens Twice as Likely to Identify as Atheist or LGBT
Imagine Generation Zâ€”the 70 million kids born between 1999 and 2015â€”and you probably picture them staring at their devices. A bunch of app-savvy, tech-addicted teens who never knew a time before smartphones.
Half of Protestant youth pastors consider technology and social media the defining factor of this latest generation, but a new study released today by Barna Group sheds new light on striking social and demographic trends: Teenagers in Gen Z are at least twice as likely as American adults to identify as LGBT or as atheist.
These are important markers of identity among the youngest segment of America, and pose new ministry challenges for the church....
It is your typical IFB pastor run church. Any business meetings and church discipline are men only, but yes there is much prayer to God for direction. This Sunday the pastor will outline his plans for the upcoming year and give out church calendars. We have various meetings scheduled throughout the year with the emphasis on preaching. There is an annual Youth revival that draws about 250 young people from 3 or 4 states and we have community outreach with weekly visitation and working with the local High School to help the less fortunate. We have both a jail and a nursing home ministry. We are not large, a tad over a 100, but we have a good size missions budget for a small church.
Not perfect but by God's grace serving out Savior until He comes.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: previous pastor was against it who was there for 40 years (still supported by church lives close to me), remember church gifts are deductible without 501c3 per IRS. Now that I have answered your question please answer mine, thanks
you've been in a church for decades that is not registered as a coorporation.
because the pastor that was there for 40 years was against it.
and you've reminded me that a church does not have to incorporate itself to be tax deductible.
sounds like you have had strong spiritual leadership.
I'm wondering how it works for you all, since I've never seen this done on a long term basis. Do you all have a board of directors and "business meetings"? Or do the elders gather and pray about the future of the church, being led by the Holy SPirit?
penned wrote: well you've got my attention with this. how is it that you don't go to a 501c3, if I may ask?
previous pastor was against it who was there for 40 years (still supported by church lives close to me), remember church gifts are deductible without 501c3 per IRS. Now that I have answered your question please answer mine, thanks
penned wrote: and then said youth pastor will think, what if I tell her the truth and she goes and hires a lawyer (ie ADL type) if I offend her? and so the problem here is not really generation z-because as I've been saying on a daily basis, their elders are more afraid of being called h@ters by the very ones orchestrating this, and so they are not set free.
This is not a defense of 501c3 churches (I don't attend one) but a need to address how penned post things about certain subjects where conjecture is made out to be fact.
First, you said don't blame generation z, but that is who the article points to as the one's responsible for their actions and thoughts.
Look at your scenario. Did you get this because one or more youth pastors from a known 501c3 church confided this in you?
Did you get it because you saw it in a blog from a confessed youth pastor who also shared his church was 501c3 and said they had this thought process?
Did you go to a church or numerous churches website(s) where after stating they were 501c3 they then advised that it stopped them from preaching, teaching, and counseling against LGBT issues or dealing with adolescences about the issue from a Biblical perspective?
If you get a chance to watch a â€śanchored north videoâ€ť, it points out how one can evangelize the lost. And ultimately if little Johnny or Jane comes to your youth group full of themselves, hopefully there is a leader who is saved and can walk through the Bible like a sea navigator and point out theyâ€™re lost.
"One out of five teens in the Barna study imagine Christianity as negative and judgmental. Some of the biggest barriers to belief are the problem of evil (29%), perceived hypocrisy among Christians (23%), and the conflict between science and Scripture (20%). Gen Z is less likely than older generations to see science and the Bible as complementary.
In Facts and Trends, Gen Z Christian and college student Jessica Berlin warns that her peers often see religion as oppressive, so parents and leaders should focus on Christianity as a relationship with Christ.
Teensâ€™ approaches to social and spiritual issues reflect an evolving worldview shaped by the cultural events that defined their upbringing as well as their use of social media. In the Barna survey, a third of youth pastors say their biggest struggle is â€śundoingâ€ť what the world teaches teens"
Don't Judge?&AntiSodomy=Racist like?
The Lord commands "Judge righteous judgment" Jn7:24 He told a man, "Thou hast rightly judged" Lk7:43To others, our Lord asked, "Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" Lk12:57
The Apostle Paul wrote, "I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say" 1 Cor10:15 & Paul declared, "He that is spiritual judgeth all things" 1 Cor2:15 It is our positive duty to judge-in love.
Many of them have weak apologetics too, so it's not hard to share the Gospel. Which is what Christianity Today should of said is the real problem for Youth Leaders... They have no clue what the Gospel is. All of them suffer from sin, many of them experience death, and many LGBT have much shame, to hear that Jesus Christ eliminated that on the cross, that no matter the sin, God gives everyone who believes in Jesus peace with a Holy God is a powerful message. And no matter how many times I share this, believe or don't believe, everyone always agrees that what Jesus did on the cross is the nicest thing anyone could ever do.