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 readers rethink evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation where they are.
Pastors, ministry leaders, youth workers, and parents will find this an essential and hopeful resource.
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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 (www.aomin.org). 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.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The New Reality
1 A Seventh Age, the Second Fall, and the Rise of the Nones 17
2 Meet Generation Z 35
3 When Christ and His Saints Slept 51
Part 2 A New Approach
4 The Countercultural Church 69
5 Finding Our Voice 89
6 Rethinking Evangelism 107
7 Apologetics for a New Generation 129
8 Decisions 145
Appendix A Gay Marriage 161
Appendix B Map of the Spiritual World 177
Appendix C Why Believe in God? 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meet Generation Z is so well done, and James Emery While is so well-informed and passionate that anything I say would only be a disservice to this book. However, I must try. Meet Generation Z should be required reading for every church leader, evangelist, apologist, and Christian who wishes to understand how they need to adapt to help the Church survive beyond the year 2020. Generation Z is the generation born roughly between 1993 and 2012 and as Emery explains with detailed statistics and easy-to-read charts, will account for 40% of all consumers by the year 2020. They are even bigger than the baby boomers! By 2020, these people will not just influence American culture, they will BE American culture. This being said, Emery explains what we need to know about this first truly post-Christian generation, starting with the new realities that this generation brings to the Christian church. He explains the world that Generation Z inhabits and perhaps most importantly, the unique circumstances in which this Generation was raised and parented. Emery talks truth about the results of our under-protective parenting, the disappearance of childhood, and the results of Generation Z being raised by parents who themselves are unaffiliated with a religion or a church. Generation Z's scriptural illiteracy will shock you. But Emery does not leave the reader asking, "what now?" Instead, he devotes the majority of this book to a new approach that we all need to take to respond as a church. I appreciate that he also includes a discussion around both evangelism and apologetics. Each chapter includes discussion questions, which I thought was a great add and something unexpected in a book like Meet Generation Z. It's clear that Emery wants the reader to continue the discussion outside the book, and his passion for this Generation is evident. Both as a church and as individual Christians, we cannot afford to skip out on this book, and more importantly, we cannot let these opportunities to adapt pass us by. At some point, it will simply be too late. I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.