- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books; 1 edition (Jan. 17 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801017017
- ISBN-13: 978-0801017018
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World Paperback – Jan 17 2017
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Welcome to the first truly post-Christian generation
Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there's a new generation--making up more than 25 percent of the US population--on the scene that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is poised to challenge every church to rethink its role in light of a rapidly changing culture.
From the award-winning author of The Rise of the Nones comes this enlightening introduction to the youngest generation. James Emery White explains who this generation is, how it came to be, and the impact it is likely to have on the nation and the faith. Then he reintroduces us to the ancient countercultural model of the early church, arguing that this is the model Christian leaders must adopt and adapt if we are to reach members of Generation Z with the gospel. He helps us rethink our old evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation right where they are.
"James Emery White shares helpful insights into the generation that follows the Millennial generation in a clear, practical way. Pastors and church leaders seeking to better understand the world of their youth ought to read this text."--Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College
"Christian leaders who are not only serious about church and ministry but who also want to understand and engage culture in order to connect this post-Christian world with the claims of the gospel will find White's work to be essential reading. Highly recommended!"--David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"It's clear that Jim has a white-hot passion for Generation Z to know God. His research, practical applications, and desire for all church leaders to get this right will inspire and challenge you."
--Sue Miller, children's ministry champion; Orange Conference staff; author of Not Normal: 7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers
James Emery White (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, a suburban megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States. Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of over twenty books, including The Rise of the Nones, Rethinking the Church, What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, and The Church in an Age of Crisis.
About the Author
James Emery White (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, a suburban megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States. Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of several books, including The Rise of the Nones, Rethinking the Church, What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, and The Church in an Age of Crisis. He lives in North Carolina.
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Book is very helpful, filled with statistics and pushes towards a ministry mindset to the world around us.
Helpful book, well written, and although you might not agree with every conclusion, or ministry philosophy that White takes, the questions must be asked if we are to reach this generation.
Well written, important subject.
This book was provided free of charge from Graff Marketing and Baker books for an honest review.
Drawing on research from the Pew Research Center, White summarizes in the first three chapters the demographic and religious (or lack thereof) characteristics of generation Z, in contrast to previous generations of North American Christians. The reason White believes this generation, which began college in 2015, is significant is because they represent 25.9% of the American population and are the first truly post-Christian generation (though late Millenials, ie born after 1990, could also be described as post-Christian). Thus, a new approach to evangelizing Generation Z is necessary.
Chapters 4-8 describe this Acts 17, rather than Acts 2, paradigm shift. Not only does White present a good theology of the Church (as one might expect from a pastor and seminary president), he also provides insight with sensitivity. Furthermore, his examples are incredibly practical. He illustrates the need to define church language that previous generations understood, by drawing on a movie scene that perfectly depicts the ignorance of prayer. In speaking of the need to translate the gospel into the language of Generation Z, he shares about Mecklenberg Community Church presented the Christmas story using emojis. These are just two of the thoughtful yet concrete ways he shows the church composed of believers of all ages, can build bridges with Generation Z.
I highly recommend this book to all Christians, especially church leaders, seeking to understand and connect in meaningful ways to Generation Z. As a professor who teaches students of this generation, I also find it stimulating, challenging, and inspiring.
Note: This book was provided to the reviewer free of charge by Baker Books and Graf-Martin Publications for an unbiased blog review.
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