Generation Z

Introducing Generation Z

“… we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
His power, and the wonders He has done.” – Psalm 78:4b

I recently asked my son what he wanted to be when he grew up.  

Expecting to hear the words “doctor,” “engineer” or “behavioral scientist,” he quickly dashed those hopes. 

“YouTuber, mom,” he said. “I want to be a YouTuber.”  

It’s no wonder. Last year, a 7-year-old reported earning $22 million from his personal YouTube channel, Ryan Toysreview, where nearly 19 million subscribers watch him unbox and play with toys. 

Meanwhile, my daughter burst out laughing as she scrolled through my iPhone pictures and said, “Aww … what a cute old-people selfie!” When I asked, “What’s an old-people selfie?,” she fell on the floor in hysterics.  

(Apparently, an “old-people selfie” is a photo of your entire face. Young people intentionally crop out half of a face to make their photography more interesting.) 

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Gen Z.   

Who is Gen Z?

Gen Z are those born from 1999 to 2015. This generation currently constitutes the largest percentage of the country’s population, eclipsing American Baby Boomers, who held the majority for close to 50 years. 

The old order is fading, and the new order is growing 

What do Gen Zers believe?

The U.S. marketing research firm Barna Group says that unlike previous generations, when it comes to religious identity, only 4% of Gen Z have a biblical worldview. 

The percentage who identify as atheist – 13% – is double that of all U.S. adults. That may seem like a small number, but Americans are saying, “there is no God” at increasingly younger ages.

According to Pew Research Center, the “nones,” or people who do not identify with any religion, are at the highest percentages in history. This includes 23% of all U.S. adults and 35% of U.S. adult Millennials, a trajectory that Gen Z will continue. 

And more than half say that happiness is their ultimate goal in life, which equates to financial success.

What’s influencing them?

Gen Z is the first generation to have been exposed to smart technology and social media from birth. According to Barna, 57% of kids and teens look at the screen four or more hours per day; 26% spend eight or more hours a day on their devices – that’s an entire work day!  (My son requires an entire power strip to charge his devices!) 

In this digital world and as a result of social media, we have entered the era of the “democratization of influence.” In previous generations, family heritage and upbringing were the top influences in forming a person’s identity. But Barna reports that Gen Z ranks these fifth.  

While family, teachers, pastors or coaches used to be the primary voices of influence, we now compete with a multitude of worldviews streamed directly to kids’ devices. This generation is being discipled by their smart phones, YouTube and Google. 

This generation is being discipled by their smart phones, YouTube and Google. 

As a result, Gen Z is exposed to a false sense of reality. YouTubers often spend hours editing videos to portray a personal brand. On social media, kids are less likely to cultivate meaningful relationships because of an increased pressure to create a flawless, happy, successful or funny persona.   

The same technology that was designed to “make the world more open and connected,” which was Facebook’s original mission statement, is helping kids disengage from physical communities and relationships. 

Therefore, it should not surprise us that we are seeing an exponential rise in depression and lonliness.

From 2000 to 2016, the U.S. suicide rate increased 30%. Among females, the number skyrocketed to 50%. For teen girls, the number tripled since 2000. 

We can help

Surprisingly, Barna research shows that this young generation – whose top priority is attaining happiness and financial success – is willing to ask difficult questions about the meaning of life. The study reports that the rise in moral relativism, or the lack of a strong moral code, arises more from a confusion about truth than an actual rejection of it.  

So, this generation is not necessarily rejecting the God of the Bible. They know little about Him.  

What an opportunity! In love, patience and understanding, let us help them see the Lord. 

Judges 2:10 reminds us that there were consequences when the Israelites failed to instruct their children in the ways of the Lord.

 “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)

Let us not repeat that.  

My hope is that God’s Word awakens an excitement to reach the next generation for Christ, instilling a sense of purpose and mission in each and every one of us.   

We do not have to know all the answers. We can simply share what God has done for us. Through our time in God’s Word in our BSF studies, we have much to share!  

As we look beyond ourselves, let us be willing to engage – not just with our minds and our theology, but with a humble heart, free of judgment. We can have a heart that is willing to say, “I don’t know all the answers. But I know that I love you. Let’s search for the answer together.”   

“My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old – things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” (Psalm 78: 1-7)


  1. Charlotte

    Forgive me for posting one last time on this thread, I am impressed with all the ideas everyone is sharing. With what we went through with our generation Z child, when she was at the school that aggressively taught against the Bible, we went through spiritual warfare. I failed to say, in my previous posts, that I owe a debt of gratitude to BSF, the large group lecture leaders, the small group leaders, the children’s leaders and teachers, and my fellow sisters-in-Christ. Everyone backed us up and supported us in this difficult time. My dear sisters-in-Christ, in my group, showed me that God is bigger than I could ever imagine and I am so grateful. I don’t know how I would have made it without them. Also, even though some might not recognize a need for apologetics, I have noticed that our lessons cause us to think and question. Then in small group, large, group, and in the reading, we learn the answers. I have noticed we are often “front loaded” with answers that we can then use to teach our families. I think some apologetics are imbeded into our lessons even if some think they don’t need them. Thank you BSF.

  2. Joe Strader

    The following is a long comment. I have been thinking about this for a while.

    Throughout history, the proclamation of the Word has changed with technology. What once began as an oral tradition moved through scrolls, books, newsletters and magazines, audio and video.

    First, I would certainly continue the current class/group format. It is a blessing to many people.

    The latest generation does not get information from books. They generally do not sit for religious lectures or sermons like we may have. However, they do have their media and the ways they digest it.

    If I were to add to BSF to meet a modern need, I would develop a web/phone application in which a close group of “followers” were to participate in comment threads about the current scripture. It would parallel the current group discussion lesson plan, but instead of a GL there would be a moderator leader (ML) that would initiate discussions and create daily threads from the daily questions. Groups may need multiple ML’s. Once a week, the followers would get a link to a video lecture, but please call it something else besides “lecture.” The video could be from anywhere in BSF. Lecture sounds too collegiate and like work. It might be better to have daily 2-4 minute videos, the way much content is distributed. The ML’s would have their own parallel discussion thread under a coordinating leader (CL) that would help plan and train for the weekly discussion threads.

    The structure should maintain the weekly flow of the in-class participants. However, I do not think there should be a necessity for the thread participants to be connected geographically. They should be allowed to form organically coming in by invitation and their own request. They should be mixed groups if desired. They should be age neutral. The groups would form dynamically. A new “terms of participation” may need to be developed to communicate the understanding of what is acceptable discussion and the limits of dialog. Upon joining, they would be told if there is a class in the area and should be invited to attend lecture if they desire.

    The comment thread would be highly interactive with minimal interaction of the ML except to steer the conversation. The ML’s job would be daily and ongoing, but the time needed need not be excessive. People could join the group by invitation, but there would be an understanding that groups would be split if they got too large.

    Instead of a reference and a link to scripture, inserting the text into the thread would be preferred (copyright permissions necessary). The participants in the thread should be encouraged to seek outside resources but to limit the thread discussions to the personal thoughts and understanding of the participant. Denominational discussions would be discouraged.

    So imagine this. As a participant you would get a notification that your ML has just posted a new discussion thread. You would go to that and see the current discussion and enter into the discussion if you desire. You could set your app to notify you of responses to your posts or new posts in the thread. The heading of all threads is the scripture under discussion. There would be a reference to the scripture for the discussion the following day. The threads would be grouped as they are now with a daily context, a weekly context, and a 30 week study context. There would be open participation in active threads, previous threads would be available for reference but additional comments closed. Future discussion threads to be opened would be available in an outline format.

    Comment threads would replace discussion groups. The participation would be closed to group members only and outsiders could not participate. However, there could also be a different type of discussion thread that follows the same calendar format but is an open forum format. Anyone registered at MyBSF could participate and all comments would be viewable by anyone on the Internet. If someone wanted to participate in the open comment threads they would have to join BSF and be part of a small comment group or local discussion group. There may be multiple concurrent threads with ongoing discussion of the current weekly lessons. It may be necessary to further divide the discussions into specific categories such as theological, historical, personal feelings, ministry and so on. Call this the central BSF discussion board and would become our outreach program.

    Yes, it is complicated but it mimics discussion boards on many topics already on the Internet. The difference is the calendar based selection of current discussion based on the lesson plan of BSF, one of the great features of BSF.

    Properly designed and moderated, this type of app could lead to many new people spending time every day on their phone apps discussing scripture with other believers. That would be a good thing.

    • Nancy Lange

      Excellent and thoughtful!!!

  3. Jane Myutu

    Thanks for an insightful research. True to the reactions, this thorn is pricking almost every parent of the (Z and you tuber) generation across the globe.
    It might be even worse in countries undergoing the technological transitioning at a high rate especially the third world Nations. It has presented a bang and sure confusion. For instance,betting in our country is a real issue causing pain to families in pursuit of financial success and freedom. This is a concern where one stays all night trying their luck and ignoring other important roles. This is a form of technological addiction that might creep to this generation if not arrested or dwelt with in good time. Charity begins at home is a thing to be embraced. If only we get back to our roots and train our children about God. Thanks for the champions of BSF – a huge hope to us that a remnant shall surely remain. God never loses every battle. However, a lot is still needed to be done at this rate. There is no meaning in life apart from God. Its all deprivation and hopelessness. Thank for the efforts BSF is making to reach more and more people. Its answering to this call. Keep the fire burning.

  4. Sheri Maibach

    I loved the opening lines of this blog. They made me laugh and I have had similar conversations with my kids! I have three Gen Z children. Our family is constantly discussing technology and the impact it has on us and our society. Technology is a powerful tool that is not going away. It’s influence continues to grow. Each user has to decide how they will use it. When my kids search for information, they are searching for video content to answer their questions. It is a very different mindset and world that my kids are growing up in. It is difficult to relate unless I jump into their world to discover it. I love that BSF sees technology as a way to share the gospel with Gen Z. I think it is a terrific idea. I hope it is developed in time for my kids to participate!

  5. Patty Corwin

    Not only do we need to educate GenZ people about what the Bible says…we must also walk as Christians. So many young people see those who profess the Bible to be hypocritical (not my words, but those of young people today) . We as Christians need to be very careful of turning this generation off, as perhaps we have done with their parents. Speaking the truth in love + walking the talk.

  6. Pat

    I, along with others, are struggling with Gen X and Gen Z – do we cater to them? If so, with what results? The loss of our older generation who can teach the younger? We have many changes going on right now, but we are leaving out praying the Attributes of God, we are leaving out praying for one another which creates a cohesive group dynamic. We have shortened our meeting times, which is fine, but not at the cost of singing together, and praying for one another. Let’s slow down a bit, and remember the fundamentals of community being solid enough to teach the next generation. Just thinking out loud.

    • Dawn

      I agree with you, Pat. I am just re-entering leadership & hearing that hymnals are not even provided any more hurts my heart. I would not know a single hymn if not for my years in BSF! All of those “guidelines” helped me become a disciplined young wife & mother. I’d love to know, in light of all of the changes made — that do seem to cater to this generation, if this generation is coming to BSF. If so, are they staying? Are they serving? Is the average age of the BSFer getting younger or still rising? I shudder to think where I would be without BSF. I want for this generation (& beyond!) what I’ve received through this in-depth study of His Word — which involved following guidelines!

    • Holly

      Had some of these same thoughts..

      • Linda

        Realizing time constraints I also was saddened when we quit singing in leaders meeting. The Bible teaches us the power of praise in song as well as in prayer. I do love the new songs on the MyBSF sight for the preschoolers. These songs can be listened to and we use them during “music time” in class…while being designed to teach Biblical truths to “the children” I find them ministering to me so much. What Is The Purpose Of My Life, is great and I find myself singing it over and over.

    • Yvonne Drake


  7. Alex Joram

    Thanks for good lessons God bless you all.

    • Janet Kaisi

      Iam speechless as with my own eyes I saw it coming but I had no strength to stop. My kids are now consulting their internet for everything they dont understand. We were too busy taking care of their physical needs more than spiritual ones. No one to blame. Lets change our focus & be more to God rather than what the world advocates

      • Mich

        I can totally understand and I have the same feeling too…. as our time and strength is limited. But pls don’t forget… spiritual needs is as important as physically needs… or even more important… Lez 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻☺️☺️☺️For our next generation!! Xoxo

  8. Charlotte

    Gen Z asks difficult questions, in our case, because teachers to peers try to tear down their faith. I found when a youth comes to you asking for an answer, I need to have an answer for the hope I have, but I don’t always have that. The research shows that Gen Z are more atheistic than other generations. We need to be able to help them and our Gen Z kids Biblical youth might need help from time to time with sharing the truth with their friends. Answers in Genesis is having a conference entitled “Answering Atheists.” They are live streaming some of the talks of the conference as follows: (AIG Ken Ham Facebook page & Answers in Genesis YouTube channel)

    “Genesis, Foundations, and How to Impact the Culture” (April 17, 1:00 p.m. ET)
    “The Bankruptcy of Atheism” by Mark Spence of Living Waters (April 17, 2:45 p.m.)
    “The Secret Code of Creation” by Dr. Jason Lisle of the Biblical Science Institute (April 18, 4:15 p.m.)
    “Keys to Reaching Atheists” by Ray Comfort of Living Waters (April 20, 1:00 p.m.)
    “Learning to Think Biblically” by me (April 20, 4:15 p.m.)

    In addition to the above, I turned to AIG’s website and the Got Questions website has Biblical answers to tough questions, too. I also used “The Big Book of Bible Difficulties” by Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe. I, too, have heard so many ladies in BSF say that they didn’t need to know apologetics because they had faith. But, if you have a child whose teacher or peers are trying to tear down their faith, a parent prays hard, asks, seeks, and knocks. A parent does not say to their child, “I have strong faith and that should be good enough for you.” By the grace of God, we found the answers to the tough questions and faith was strengthened.

  9. Dasa Williams

    As a Gen X raising Gen Z, I see this as a major problem and a major opportunity. “Surprisingly, Barna research shows that this young generation – whose top priority is attaining happiness and financial success – is willing to ask difficult questions about the meaning of life.” My kids want to tackle hard questions and we do so together. In their groups, they share a lot of what I expose them to through apologetics, other acceptable Christian perspectives and so on. Unfortunately, they have run into dogmatism on nonessentials from well-meaning Christian adults. This has turned them off. Most young people have been conditioned to be skeptical, especially of the Bible. I believe it behooves us to engage their minds and hearts through apologetics and historical and cultural context. I have seen BSF get better at addressing some of this in their notes. I think this information may prove even more helpful in the BSF Children’s classes. I believe it will also help them reach their peers. People have a tendency to fight yesterday’s battles today. Today’s battle I believe comes before we can even open the pages of the Bible. Please don’t hear me wrong. Biblical literacy is extraordinarily important for the disciple of Christ. My story is simply that as a Christian with blind faith, my faith was easy to undo in my Freshman Humanities class. Thankfully, God led me to folks like Ravi Zacharias and his team who reached me through reason and answers relating to life’s experience. That then caused me to dive into the Bible. Since then, I’m on a quest to understand the Bible. Not what I think it means, or what 21st Century Americans think it means, but what was meant by the writers and what the hearers understood the words to mean (to the best we are able to know these things). My kids’ deep and sincere questions about the Bible continues to drive me to look past traditional and pat answers and to be willing to keep learning. You may want to look into the Bible Project on YouTube. These types of media are fast becoming the way Christians and Seekers choose to learn. While there are a growing number of “NONEs” who reject traditional church, I believe there is a large contingency who still embrace The LORD. These young ones need community and I am so glad BSF is looking for ways to reach them even if there are some growing pains in the process!

  10. Sanjib ghosh

    Praise God for raising concern through the eye of Christ .
    Thanks for time and mind invested in this article that may help all of us to take the burden to reach to z gen and most important that we adults may truly reflect Christ that z gen see in us Christ.
    Let’s pray not only z gen but all gen in Christ.


  11. joyce anderson

    Thank you so much for this information on Gen Z. I know little about their characteristics but it make so much sense. I teach adult women and I will certainly share this with them and encourage them to be strong witnesses for Christ and the cause He came for in our class. Is there a way I can get this article only.

  12. Joséphine RASOAHARISOA

    Thank for the sharing ! it’s helps us how to think more about the future generation for their spiritual growth.

  13. Andrea Rand

    Thanks for sharing this article. I have attended BSF for 11 years and the last 5 I have attended a womens daytime class that has childcare.

    I would like to suggest the daytime class be opened to men and become a co-Ed class for several reasons. (Still same gender small groups, but co-Ed lecture)

    1. More guys are becoming stay at home dads, and their kids would benefit from the BSF classes and those dads would find fellowship that us moms are privileged to have during those long daytime hours with little ones.

    2. My husband would love to do BSF and would be able to attend during the day but does not attend as he does not like taking too many evenings away from our kids.

    • Rachel Bryan

      What a great suggestion!! I think our community could use this, too.

  14. Catherine

    A lack of church programs and entertainment is not why our youth are leaving the church. Our youth have no relationship with Jesus Christ and that begins at home. Until we focus on fixing that, … How do we ensure that parents pass on the baton of the gospel?

    • Venante

      The word of God is the only answer to life’s questions. Facebook is Not! It has some value for some but not for me. In fact, it has caused damaged relationships, isolation and a false sense of connectedness. My young adult children love to spend time face to face with family and friends. As parents, group leaders and teachers, we have to create opportunities and a safe place for Gen Z to express their concerns and ask the tough questions.

    • Juanita, former BSF attendee

      Parents are lost, too. They didn’t get the training and therefore can’t pass it on. We need to find or create activities of interest to both groups in the church. Unfortunately, I am not the one. I’m a Baby Boomer. I worked at a daycare last year for 6 weeks and I found the kids most disrespectful but so were their parents. The owner had a relationship with the parents but as one of the teachers that was an outsider to the area I didn’t. This made for a difficult situation. The children didn’t want to come to the daycare to study they wanted to play. I worked with 6-12 year olds and most of them could not read or write. I was scolded for trying to generalize a plan. My focus was to be on their homework but I could only work with one person at a time that left the others unattended. I quit. How do you help when your help isn’t accepted? I wish I had an answer. I am not a conformist and since I’m from an old school I believe in discipline which is greatly lacking. “Train the child…” but if I use this with my discipline I am giving a negative image of God.

  15. Ash

    As a millennial youth worker and bsfer, I have found the recent BSF study on the Promised Land difficult to justify both to myself and in thinking about how to relate studies to the GenZ kids I work with.

    Unfortunately, there are no young adult studies in my city and I am a huge believer in multigenerational church/study communities but I have struggled with the generational gap in understanding.

    Millennials as much as GenZ aren’t looking for direct answers but as you said, a willingness to say “I don’t know all the answers. But I know that I love you. Let’s search for the answer together.”

    I haven’t found that space in the bsf study I’ve attended. I instead found people meeting my questions with ‘but that’s the Bible.’ I’ve grown up with the Bible and believe in it but I also think that it’s important to have open minded discussions about the tough themes it throws at us.

    I encourage you all to consider this when engaging with all people but particularly GenZ and Millennials.

    We just want to be seen and our questions to be heard. Not necessarily answered but just heard and validated.

    • Cyndi

      Thank you for sharing, Ash!

    • LJ

      I’m a youth worker like you. You’ve correctly pointed out the age and atmosphere in which the youths live in, one which compels us to take into account (and listen to) the multitude of opinions generated by social media. But all the more to stay on track in our mission to present God’s Word as the Only source of Truth amidst the myriads of thoughts cleverly but dangerously masked as truths of the age. Ultimately it’s a spiritual battle for which our dependence on the Holy Spirit is most needed.

      • Holly

        Excellent point.

    • Karen G.

      Thank you for sharing this insight, Ash. I’m 62 and a BSF group leader, and I’m listening. We have much to learn, too.

      • michelle reyes

        Hi Karen G, I am with you on your reply. I am listening too 🙂 and hear God also calling me on this important issue as I learn as well God bless us all and Thank you LORD for your love, encouragement and forgiveness.

    • Patsy Emens

      Ash, very helpful comments. Most of us want to be seen and heard, whatever the topic. How about a student program on line? I’m almost 67 and look to my device for lots of thing. Zooming our leaders meeting has made a dramatic difference for me in leading a satellite discussion group. I have a friend who has done BSF for years and now does BSF on line and loves it. She was recently telling me about the intimacy of the group. Thankfully, I missed the pressure of the online perfect life and cannot imagine the stress of it all. I had enough trouble without it.

    • Bethany Black

      This is a wonderful blog post which is highlighting the perspective of so many of the people in the Manhattan church plant I am helping with . We are messaging to skeptics and finding that when we answer with “I don’t know, but let’s explore together” and we LISTEN to the perspective of those who are questioning that we are seeing people return weekly . They are hungry for a community where they can dialogue openly about big life questions. They are resonating with justice issues which we can help point out was a big part of Jesus’ earthly ministry . By giving them a Christian narrative that incorporates caring for the marginalized and wanting to bring justice and reconciliation into the world’s brokenness we are finding common ground that millenials and those behind them can resonate with.
      Ash, i forwarded this blog my own children, born in ’89, ’91, and ’95 , this morning and have already heard from two of them. My youngest highlighted your comments. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Vicki Booth

    I have an 11 year old son and a son who was born in 1999 who tries to convince me he’s a Millennial. The 19 year old had the privilege of attending BSF from the time he was 2, with a few years off in between. He graduated last year and I can’t begin to tell you all the ways the children’s program has benefitted him and developed his strong Christian worldview. The 11 year old is currently attending. More than ever I would like to see a children’s program started at the satellite class attached to my evening women’s class. That community has tons of young families whose mothers would come and bring their kids if it were an option. Praying that God raises up the women who would be willing to take such a ministry on.

    • Red Rowley

      Our children’s program at an evening men’s class struggles to get the older kids there. As a starter, let’s rename it the Student’s Program. Referring to adolescents as children isn’t conducive to getting the Jr. High and H.S. students to attend.

      • Kit HO

        What an interesting idea. At the beginning of next term, I will ask my students who are level four STUDENTS, if they would prefer “student ” over “children”.
        Thank you for the idea.

        • Keith Moey

          Hi Kit,
          Let us know what your finding is.


      • Juli Wadsworth

        I am a children’s leader for middle and high school and I agree that renaming it to Student’s Program might remove a negative attached to the developing young men and women who could attend class. I wonder what students might be more willing to attend if they did not think by the name that BSF would be too juvenile. As we know BSF is a rich study of God’s Word and many adults would benefit from attending the children’s program. It would be a minor change that would in no way compromise the program.

        • Mandy Moore

          Two things. I think preschool program for the young ones, and Students’ program is a great idea! These kids are all about their ‘labels.’ Second, I have been in BSF since 2003, was a GL for three years, became a CL this year. I have learned SO much through the Basic Truth and attributes of God, especially. Things I knew, but couldn’t really put words to. I think letting adults go through at least those parts of the program would be great! I just don’t know how you could do that…

        • Suzy Womelsdorff

          I am 65 years old and I will be a student of the Word upon the Lord calls me home.
          All learners are students. All Believers are students of the Master. Yeah for,

          Student attending Bible Study Fellowship

      • Andrea

        Perhaps also allowing high school students to attend regardless of whether they have a registered parent/guardian with them.

      • Sara Weinstein

        Quite a few years ago I was a children’s Leader in an evening class. We called it the school program. I taught all ages over the course of 5 years. “School program” never seemed to turn any of the middle and high school students off.
        I’m back teaching pre-schoolers in a day class now. When I invite people, I’m careful to say “pre-school” program. With so many home schooling moms I find that one has rove specific.

  17. Tami Carlone

    Thank you for the great post. I have been an education advocate and lover of God’s young ones for about 25 years. I have followed depression and suicide rates and have watched them go WAY UP for young people at the same time we have had:

    1) Social Media and the creation of false hyper-positive self images, as per your post.
    2) Excessive screen time and negative cyber comments from people that just would not happen in face to face interactions, and way less positive and real face to face relationships.
    3) Parents and Churches that are, in large part, unwilling or unable to teach the Truth.
    4) Media, and Hollywood, that promotes an extremely negative, divisive and sinful view of society.
    5) Political realm that is very divisive, negative, inept, self indulgent and no longer serving We The People.

    If you know anything about child development, this all equates to chaos, confusion, negativity, a lack of hope, and a lack of God. I suggest we all home-school and send our children to strong Christian colleges, teach truth at home and take our children to BSF, take our families to a Bible teaching church, turn off the screens and present a positive Christ centered life. We are in this world, but not of this world. Children only get one chance at a childhood and a proper education. I have heard MANY adults say they resent their parents and their churches for failing to teach them properly in the ways of God. God may get them under His wing at some point, but they have had 20, 30, 40 years of suffering by flailing in life without God. We need to stop being afraid to speak truth in our world… people are counting on us…and God is watching…

    • Carrie Shannon

      Hi Tami,
      I am a first grade teacher at a public school in California. Several teachers on our staff are Christians and active in our faith. Every day my students come in contact with the Holy Spirit that lives in me. His grace and love are poured out generously. I feel called to be a “light unto the world” and pray for opportunities to share my faith. With over 10,000 tax-payer funded schools in CA, it’s an over generalization to characterize them all as “anti-Christian, anti-conservative”. Each school has a unique culture and it does make sense to chose wisely through the open-enrollment process, get involved and network with other like-minded parents through the PTO, and offer to teach an after school Bible study at a nearby church or park. (All caps is shouting in text etiquette and it comes across as hysterical.)

      • Laura

        Carrie, I use capital letters to emphasize my points when I text. That is what I perceived Tami doing; not being ‘hysterical’. Was it REALLY NECESSARY for you to make that comment? Maybe think outside the box, and take context into consideration when you see ‘all caps’.

        • Carrie

          I apologize for my comment regarding caps. It wasn’t necessary. I think I was feeling defensive. Please forgive my lapse in judgment.

    • Laura

      Amen Tami! Our children are not called to evangelize the public school children or teachers. We are to PROTECT them from evil and harm.
      Sometimes a Christian parent has no choice but to send their children to public school but those are few and far between.

  18. Christine Lucas

    I firmly believe that children are interested in the study of God’s word, we adults need to be creative to get their interest. The bible is exciting.

    • Christine Peprah

      I feel the same, It looks that the older child is not interested in the church or the things of God, but I have found out if you geer Gods word toward the things that interest them, they can be reached. I have finally reached my 15-year-old again and it is great hearing her read the word and the voices she uses when she reads when we are having bible study as a family

      • Tami Carlone

        Great insight. Wonderful you have reached your daughter! There is not much better in life than watching our children be in with God.

      • Maggie Short

        I am thrilled to learn that BSF wants to place increased focus on teaching children for the Lord! So far, the Children’s Program has been amazing… largely because of the partnership between the adult and the child as they learn and study the same lesson each week, I believe. Also the foundation of prayer and prep over every lesson and class have empowered beyond human effort.
        One suggestion:
        Design a new Seminar titled “Reaching the Next Generation.” Include the info regarding increased need for evangelizing GenZ; teach several techniques used by CLs; teach the need to use age-appropriate methods for effective
        evangelism; teach ways to use a variety of activities in order to reach different learning styles. This would help equip those who want to increase their abilities with the children they teach/parent.

        There are so many ideas for moms, grammas, aunties, to use at home, in the car, throughout the day….ideas on how to grab a moment to make a point about a lesson from God’s Word.
        A huge obstacle in our children’s’ lives is public school. The states are saturating curricula with ungodly beliefs. It is very difficult to undo their power over kids’ minds and hearts. It is a spiritual battle equal to Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago when they were forced into the system of Babylonia. With social media plus Hollywood’s immoral influence, God’s people have a daunting mission. Yet, the giants in Canaan were no match for Joshua and Caleb since God was with them. God is with the directors of BSF. Thank you for following His prompting to pursue the hearts of the next generation!!
        Many of us are ready to wholeheartedly join the efforts He reveals to you!! God bless your planning!

  19. Solomon Gacece

    One of the most effective strategies in reaching Generation Z is SPORTS EVANGELISM. Sport is an effective tool for evangelism and a powerful medium for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  20. Johnson N Kimani

    Susie Rowan First and foremost I take this opportunity to thank all BSFer’s directors and all staff who have made it possible for us to access the Lord’s word through the BSFer’s fraternity.Congratulation to one BSF search Manager who has empowered us to use the search analysis.The Psalms145 reveal that sometimes in future all people of God will join together in recognising and worshipping God.Because God’s love is unfailing love and God satisfies all those who come to Him in repentance.Pew research center indicates”nones or people who don’t identify in Christian faith are above 57%.Generation Z appear the first generation affected by internet of things.This calls for better management of their time.Clinging to smart phone more than 8hours yet the day hours remains statically at 24hrs including nights.In a nutshell this call for behavior change.This change should be driven and empowered by tenets of Christian greater power of God’s Word. Remember there is no greater power than the power of Gospel.Fear of God is the most valuable resource of wisdom.Proverb 1:7;Psalms78.The prayers continue for us and our children and grandchildren,over and over each generation so that they will enhance their relationship with God Almighty to the fame of Lord Jesus Christ.Amen

    • Shirly Milton

      I pray that I am strengthened in the Lord to tell the younger generation starting from my children about God’s guidance and protection to His children and share with them our BSF lessons and notes and lectures and encourage them to join BSF to grow closer to God and live according to His decrees

  21. Abigirl Chikaka

    Yes, we really need to bring the children to the king of kings-for in His word He said ‘let the children come to me for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these’.
    How to bring them – EVANGELISE to them
    I thank the Lord l recently was at a seminar where we were taught to Witness /evangelise to children using THE WORDLESS BOOK ( a book with different colours:Gold/yellow as represents Heaven,
    Dark/black – sin
    Red-blood of Jesus
    White-cleansed from sin
    Green – need to grow in Christ)
    Just highlighted in brief and its a very powerful tool such that in 10-15 minutes with the Holy Spirit leading, you will have led a child to Lord.
    Thank for such a Vision BSF
    May the good Lord help us all to stand in the gap.

    • Vernona "Mona" Hearne

      Yes A – the Wordless Book is an anointed tool provided by our Lord through Child Evangelism Fellowship. I was privileged to lead Back Yard Bible Studies through CEF during the late 70’s and early 80’s. What a joy to witness young boys and girls eager to hear God’s word. Many came to faith in Christ Jesus. Even then however, there was opposition from some parents in the community who tried to suppress Truth from going forth, yet little did they realize that nothing stops God’s Word. I LOVE THE BSF ACTS HEADLINES! UNSTOPPABLE WORD OF GOD! Children are visual and the Wordless Book, the flannel board we used, the figures representing the characters of Scripture remain vivid and dear to my own heart. God bless you Abigirl! God bless all children.

      • Vernona "Mona" Hearne

        1. The animated Christian PILGRIM’S PROGRESS will be in theaters April 18 and 20. Many of my online group are taking their children to see the film. I’ve already sent emails to many of my own family and friends telling them about the opportunity.

        2. I have 2 wonderful young unchurched neighbors, ages 7 and 9, they love me and I love them (and their parents).
        Pray with me for the opportunity to ask their parents, or better yet that their parents would ask me, to teach them about our Lord Jesus. The parents are very sweet and thoughtful towards me, yet not open to hearing much about Jesus from me…when I mention Him they are “silent.” I pray for them, but O how I long for them to know HIM!

        • Cynthia Willcutt

          Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
          My husband and I were privileged to preview the new Pilgrim’s Progress animated movie that you referenced. It is a wonderful tool to reach children and adults ❤️. Please note that there are some scenes that might be too scary for little ones. Love a sister in Christ Jesus, Cynthia

      • Marsha O

        If you desire to reach children to have a mind and heart towards Christ I would like to recommend the “Good News Club” ministry through Child Evangelism Fellowship. these clubs are non-denominational and are biblically centered with an emphasis on evangelism, Christian growth and Missions. Being involved with teaching in these GNCs will train you to give a clear Gospel presentation and life changing applications in your teaching. I have worked with teens that have been involved in these clubs and their only complaint is that they age out of the club. But then there are opportunities for their selves to be trained and teach in 5 Day Clubs through summer ministry. They defend their faith versus doubting truth.

    • Annabel

      If we want to reach people of all cultures, we need to get away from using Black to represent Sin. This is EXTREMELY offensive to our brothers and sisters of color and not something that will draw Gen Z children of color.

      • Huguette

        I agree, sin has actually many colors. I prefer to teach our children about the consequences of sin, so they learn to recognize and fight temptation before sin happens. And this applies to all generations. When Jesus spoke to the crowds, He was sharing the gospel to all generations of His days in the same way.


    I’m from Asia. I believe we have failed in our relationships with the members of the next generation. They are smart, they question everything! In Asia we always believed, trusted in the adult family members, teachers as well as relatives and neighbors. Whatever they said was gospel truth. I have checked this out in church. There was a little girl, who reminded me of my younger daughter. I would always make it a point to approach this little girl of may be about 3 years or so and would try to chat with her. I used to tell her that I have 2 dogs at home and that they don’t have any playmates, and that I don’t have a daughter and that I would love to have her as my daughter. I would also ask her whether I could put her in my pocket and take her home with me. Initially she really believed that I could put her in my pocket!! She would hide behind her mom, and the mother would hold her and tell her that I am only teasing her. But her eyes told me that she thought feared that I could put her in my pocket and take her home. This continued for a month or two… and then she started going to Montessori school and her responses changed. Once I can remember her telling me that she would put me in side a balloon and send me up to Mr. Moon and tell him to put me in side a cage and keep me there!! Once I told her about Mr. Moon having a big castle with all kind of pets, toys and food to eat and that it was one of the pleasantest places to be, and that I am going there!! I’m sorry for the long details I’m giving.. But once I told my daughter, aged abt 12 at the time, to tell a client of mine that I was not at home. Later she told me that Iam a fine mother, that I tell her not to tell lies, but for my convenience I get her to lie!! My clients take me for granted and thinks I am there for them for 24 hrs!! I learnt a good lesson from that. I have been sharing this experience with young mothers, since then. I am no longer young!!

  23. Phil

    Forgive me, but as a “GenX”, our first mistake was to insist on placing everyone in a “generation” and then “generalizing” on them. It is the easy way out, not the way Christ would have us relate to each other, and has helped lead us to where we are now. Each person in our life needs to be ministered to as an individual. That being said, this sounds very much like a few different points in time… seems like the Old Testament describes Israel moving in the same way at a couple of different points in their Old Testament history. Let us hope we become or find our Isiah, Jeramiah, or other profit in the desert soon…. Same human behavior same sin; just different tools.

  24. Zivai Mutsvene Ndhlovu

    What wealth from the article on Generation Z and from subsequent comments. I now appreciate more my God given role as mother and grandmother. my eldest granddaughter whom I introduced to BSF at an early age is growing in the love of God. May God help me bring the Zivai Mutsvenechildren in the family to Him so that He may grow them in the likeness of Christ.Thank you BSF.


      I am a Director in our Children & Youth Ministry. We are seeking new ways to reach our children and tnis is such helpful insight to what we see and sense but could not understand. While I was searching online for some interesting lessons to share on Easter, I ran across Crossroads Kids Club. The ministry seems unique and exciting. I was not familiar with this Christian group that appears to be a local and digital ministry but I am very impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Their free videos seem to impart the gospel to kids in practical and realistic ways. Because I’m a skeptic and try to be as protective as I can in Christian messaging I am and still in research mode. My question: Is anyone familiar with Crossroads Kids Club?

      • Mary Lynn Gabriel

        Great insight ‼️I am a teacher by profession and this article has given a better understanding of what is happening and how I can help. Thankyou

  25. Wendy Methvin

    Thank you for this information. My two children are Gen Z. A book I recently read and found helpful is by author Dr. Michael Guillen, whom you may recall is the former ABC New Science Editor and Harvard physics instructor, among other things, and he wrote Amazing Truths How Science and the Bible Agree. I hope this too is one more “tool in the toolbox” to equip Christians to help the youth of America find clarity as they navigate through what they are being taught in schools and universities with the truths from the Bible.

  26. MJ Buckman

    These statistics are terrifying! Yet, knowledge can become power. It makes me astutely aware of how critical it is to reflect the love of God back into our world, especially to those at great risk of missing the importance of keeping our hearts filled with the One Who is the Author of truth!

  27. Lynn

    I am a Christian grandparent and have recently taken courses through my church on “Extreme Grandparenting” and “Grandparenting Matters”. Both have the focus of being an “intentional” Christian grandparent. This article about Generation Z, of which both of my grandchildren were born in, is EXCELLENT! It contains information that motivates and gives me an additional reason to be informed and to be a Christian influence in their lives. The statement that “This generation is being discipled by their smart phones, YouTube and Google” is profound, as is the scripture passage from Psalm 78. Thank you BSF for bringing this to our attention and reminding us that we cannot let what happened in Judges 2:10 happen to our young people today.

    • Francis Gan

      we must do what we can to share the Gospel as commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ.

      in love and faith led by the Spirit of God

  28. Lisa

    Thank you for the insight, I am a Grandmother of 5, so, I agree in all that you said, it is true. But with God help we can do day by day something good for them, God Bless all of you BSF staff and members. We will continue praying for the future no only of this country but that this county will be a blessing to the world.Love you.

  29. Nancy

    I prefer to think of this information as a wake up call to all believers. There is a tendency for children to be marginalized, yet in the school program I work with 10-12 year olds who are anything but marginalized. They are a lively group, quick to answer, and very competitive. What I’ve found found true for myself in BSF I also find in them- they keep what they’ve caught. By that I mean that they are remembering God’s Word- it is in their hearts- not just from this year but from past years. As Dalton said previously in his comments we focus on the Word and the truth in scripture. (he was one of my kiddos my first year as a CL) As a grandmother with 9 of my 10 grands falling into gen Z- the youngest missed it by 3 months! I want them to fully know God and the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf and the Saving Grace that is theirs for the asking- but they won’t know, nor will their friends unless we tell them and show them where to find answers to their questions in the Bible. If that means becoming inventive, then that’s what we do. It may be hard for us to find effective ways to communicate with this generation but we must make the effort- it will be even harder for them to share with others unless we start the conversation and give them the tools they need. Inter-generational Bible Study, I think, is the way to do this. I would encourage those of you who have responded here and who are active in BSF to consider strongly whether God is leading you to becoming a children’s leader in the pre-school or the school program. If you are a parent or grandparent or a neighbor I encourage you to bring children with you to BSF. I for one can testify to the effect it’s had on my own family and the lasting influence that is still reaping God’s blessings because of the love, efforts and persistence of the children’s leaders. The ONE thing worth leaving to them as a legacy is the Saving Faith that comes from God’s Living Word- how will they know unless we tell them?

    • Emilia Silveira Ph.D.

      Excellent comment on this awesome and timely article! I agree as we live out the Word of God is the best influence on them. We have a Gen Z grand daughter who volunteered to come to church with us even her Dad is atheist and Mom does not read the Bible either! Prayer is our powerful weapon in this intense Spiritual Warfare indeed. Praise God for BSF International that I have been for over 26 years. Never stop sowing Seeds!
      Philippians 1:6

    • Debbie Swisher

      Hi Kim! Excellent article. We, in Family ministry often ask ourselves about how Gen z ‘operates’ and how to reach them with A biblical understanding of who God is and how his son came to save. I regularly post biblical truths on my personal social media pages @MatrixOfLiberty hoping to reach them and others where they already are, on their devices! Keep up the good work, may God bless you and your family.

  30. Patricia Webster

    As I read this article, I am reminded of an old truth that is still valid today: parents are the most important teachers in their children’s lives.
    With that said, I love that BSF is reaching young women. I love seeing the young mothers filling the classes. I would love seeing more of a mixed groups with all ages as opposed to what is done now with people put into their own age group.
    As a young woman, I was taught Titus 2. Older godly women teaching young women to love their husbands, love their children, dress modestly, be keepers of their home, and to be in submission to their husbands. So, I love seeing this being done.

    • Vernona "Mona" Hearne

      Hello Patricia,
      I am humbled with a grateful heart to be a BSFer. An online student 2017-2018; then an online group leader 2018-2019 – I have LOVED PPL 1 and look forward to Acts. Just wanted to let you know that the oldest in my online group is 80 years young – 8 children and 21 grands. The youngest in my online class is 30 and has 5 children ages 10 and under. THE HARMONY is glorious indeed to His praise. Joyfully V

  31. Grace

    Amazing reminder of authentic living…..

  32. Betty Stallings

    Bless you, bless you! I am a recent returning BSFer. I love how it helps me stay fervent as well as hold me accountable with my study of the word.
    I am a baby boomer, and have been concerned about the millennials and Gen z . Thank you for shining light on the issue. When I talk to my comrades , at some point our conversation usually always entails these two groups. My concern is that not only are the parents not teaching the children the word at home, ( they are working two jobs so they can give the child the tablet), I see a lack of it not being taught in children’s church. I see more entertaining, making sure the children have fun, playing games, conducting experiments, etc. Please don’t think that I am against any of these things , but they must placed in perspective. As a youth facilitator, I once asked my 5th graders , it was about 12 of them) who could say the Lord’s Prayer. One little girl said it. As she said it a few others finally said, “Oh, I heard that before.” These are for the most part faithful Church attenders . I have shared my concerns to the “ powers that be” however, it has been to no avail. It is true that it takes a whole village- parents, educators, etc., to raise a child, so I continue to teach them the word, by using mnemonics to help them remember the verse for that day. It seems as if it is an up hill battle, but I continue to press forward.

  33. Kay Becken

    Wonderful to read Godly examples of following truth!!

  34. Meredith Moyer

    I have studied the Bible for 25 years … greatest joy ever! Never stop growing in Grace reaching out to the LORD…. He is Faithful with Huge Shoulders & Help for every need♥️👏♥️

  35. Carolyn

    In speaking to a non believer recently I was stuck by his response. “You speak from what you know. I have not been taught that” So how shall people know unless they have been taught? We must speak about our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We must speak the truth in love and teach the word of God. Most importantly we need to have a real experience of our faith and be able to share true experiences from our lives so that it is real. People know if your faith is real or not. Let us pray that God will lead and direct each of us to those who He would have us reach. Let us be ready to give examples from our lives and always direct our young ones to the Lord who stands waiting to give HIMSELF to those who seek his face.

  36. Lanny Dreesen

    Thank you for introducing me to Gen Z. I can fear the signs of the times as a pre-Boomer, but I can see it as an opportunity to show God’s compassion and love for these kids are being led by whimsical, but attractive, musings of undiscipliined minds on social media.

    May God give all of us older Christians the patience our Father had during the times of the judges and Israel’s occupation of the promised land.

  37. M

    I was born in 1998 (20 years old), so I belong to the age bracket that (sometimes) gets to choose whether they identify as Millennial or Gen-Z. Regardless of the classification, I am very grateful that I get to be a part of the BSF Ladies Group in my city, and that I am welcomed despite being the youngest there. I am not judged for asking questions, I am heard when I voice my opinion or a revelation that God gave me, and my life has been all the more richer and blessed because of BSF, the lovely ladies I meet, my GL and the leaders. I hope and pray that what I write next will help you understand us Gen-Z better, or encourage you in reaching out to us youngsters!

    My mother was a non-Christian in a family of idol worshipers. All her life, she searched for the true, sovereign God, the one above all the idols and priests and rituals. God drew my mother to Him when she was in her 20’s, and since then she has been a Jesus-lover and Christian. My father has a similar story of meeting and accepting the Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.

    I grew up in this house of new, but strong Christians. I went to Sunday School, I went to church at least once a week, and did everything other Gen-Z Christian children did. But it wasn’t Sunday School and church that gave God to me. My parents did that. They were (and are) ordinary people who worshiped and extraordinary God, and they, just like anybody else, had and have flaws. But they were the ones who laid the groundwork for my relationship with God. I watched them live lives that were being shaped and renewed by God. I watched them put God first in the big and little things they did – whether it was refusing to go to the temple for some family function, or whether it was in praying a simple prayer to God before they turned to me or to each other for our first hugs of the day. I watched them trust God, but be practical. If something was wrong, we would drive to the hospital, but never without praying first, or praying on the drive. My parents live their belief, and sometimes they stumble and fall, as everyone does, but for the most part, they lived what they learnt and spoke. They never pretended to be something they weren’t. Their honest life as Christian-works-in-progress-till-the-day-of-the-Lord and God’s abundant grace at work in them grounded me. And I believed in the God of my father and mother, because He was real and working in our lives, as surely as the sun shines in the morning.

    I think it is only now that I am 20 that I realize how much their parenting was a blessing to me! In a tech-dominated world, I didn’t have a smartphone until I was 16 and I had to leave on a school trip, two continents and an ocean away from my parents (and no, I did not have a tablet or a personal computer to tide me over till then). I stood out like a sore thumb among all my friends, who texted each other on Whatsapp or Google hangouts every day, but my parents stood their ground. I had the most basic hand-me-down phones, which would have keypads and maybe a game of Snake and/or Bounce on it (remember those?). God gave them the wisdom to raise me as best as they could, and He was (is) at work in me, so that I could accept and live by what they were teaching me. They told me what they expected of me, invited me to discuss it with them, warned me lovingly if I erred, warned sternly when I erred again, and if I strayed again, they would never spare the rod and risk spoiling me. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that they are perfect parents or that I am a perfect daughter – far from it. All 3 of us have a long, long way to go. But they took their duty as parents so seriously, and they weren’t afraid of “Train(ing) up a child in the way (s)he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6). They would tell me that God entrusts good babies to all parents, and it is up to them to make sure the babies stay good for as long as they can, as best as they can. They encouraged me to seek joy and pleasure in real things – friends, books, nature, the things actually around me. I only understood that their method worked (somewhat) when I met some of my new friends, who were raised almost exactly like me. Some of them are younger than me, and some are older, and if I am half as good as those friends of mine, I would be so thrilled! I thank God whenever I remember, for these lovely parents of mine 🙂

    But the biggest influence, the greatest trendsetter in my life, will always be the Lord God Himself! He put a seed of love for the Word of God inside me as a child. He drew me close to Him, even when I walked around like anybody else, trying to forge my own path. He welcomed me with open arms each time I returned crying and repentant. He held me through my time of fire, refined me like silver and gold when I passed through fiery trials that I could never survive on my own. He let me taste and see that He is good, each day. God remained and remains faithful, even when I wasn’t, even when I am not.

    My point is, my parents had a huge part to play in my journey toward God. They gave me the greatest gifts they ever could give – the foundation that is Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:11) and disciplined me as well as they knew. I don’t resent them for it, I am grateful. There was a time in my life, in my early teens, that I didn’t openly rebel, but I questioned everything they did and was convinced that they were too old-fashioned, and not moving with the times. Today I know, that that was the best thing they ever did for me.

    Dear elders, brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you so much for being passionate about Gen Z finding Christ and living good lives! Your passion and prayers are seen and heard by God, I’m sure! Your examples influence the way we see the world, your teachings shape our paths, and your lives are our first models, whether we acknowledge it or not. I am no parent, and I won’t pretend to know what it is like to be one. But I am a daughter, and I promise you, the most precious thing you can do for me as a parent is to raise me right and put Christ in my heart. I agree with the author, Kim Hurtado: We can have a heart that is willing to say, “I don’t know all the answers. But I know that I love you. Let’s search for the answer together.”

    I need help with this. I don’t know how to reach my friends who don’t already have an inclination toward Christ in them. It is quite hard to get through to them. The Bible has treasure troves of wisdom and advice for us, though, and I hope that we can all discover those truths in our studies of God’s word, and use them for His glory! God bless you! Thank you for looking out for us!

    • Jenny Beauchamp

      Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your heart! You have motivated me to forward this to family raising little girls. You are full of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom way beyond your years.

      • Susie Rowan

        Dear M,

        Your testimony has given me joy. You are a living example of Jesus Christ to your generation and mine.

    • Karen Ganley

      Thank you so much for your insight and for your personal story! Yes you are so wise beyond your years! You have allowed Christ to live in you and through you! Keep openly living your loving Christ filled life and you will effect your generation that way! Creatively blogging in a manner that will get your generations attention. Maybe incorporate it into UTube. Christ lives in there as well if we put him there. If we can’t talk to these kids face to face why not share the love of Christ in their world.
      I have two grandkids 10 and 5. Their parents are not active believers and are getting divorced so their world is even crazier. Their time with us is frequent thank heavens so I do all I can to have Jesus in their world when we are together. So thank you again for your insight! This helps me know more what we are up against! Thankfully we live in the mountains so the kids have wilderness to play in! They aren’t in screens all the time. But they still are in screens. I will be looking at ways to use the screen time for Christ. More purposeful. Rather than fighting with your generation has at their fingertips I believe we need to learn how to teach them to manage it better and to use it for Christ! I am new in children’s ministry in BSF now and will be looking into this more diligently!
      Thank you again for your openness!

    • Ale

      Your writing made me cry. I hope my kids will one day say something like that and trust the Lord with such conviction and gratitude. Parents and teachers desire to rescue the next generation from the lies of this world into an everlasting joyful life in Christ is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit who opens doors, eyes and hearts to the Truth. Don’t despair in your witness to your friends. Remember that God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or hope.

    • Cindy Smith

      I want to encourage you of a mother of now young teens. You and your children will reach anyone around you who is courteous or searching for truth with the way you live your life as a Jesus follower! They may not even ask questions but then again they may. They may come to you when the ‘chips are down’ and want what you have – Joy & peace within the conflicts that living in this world provides. I know this because this happened to our family in all different ways. Stay your course – love Those all around you excepting them just as they are while you point to and praise the Father – Our Father! Press on with what God places in front of you sister – and to the Glory of Christ Jesus all that will Be done in His name!!

      I’ve enjoyed each and every post here! This is a wonderfully written & informative piece. Thank you.

    • J Young

      What a blessing to read your response. Will pray with you that you are led by the Holy Spirit to live and speak the Light of Christ among your peers.

    • Vernona

      Dear M….my nickname begins with an M. I’ve been a believer since 1958. I joined BSF winter of 2017, became a group leader in 2018 and praise our God for this ministry and the opportunity to serve Him and glorify Him in and through it. I am growing in Christ to His praise.

      THANK YOU for your testimony. When you used the word “temple” I immediately thought of John and his family. They’ve built a home next to where I work. I’ve spoken to John once, it was God led. John goes to temple with his wife and 2 very young children. I’m asking you to pray for John…..and I’d love to talk with him again….pray that God open doors for me to speak to John boldly about our Lord Jesus Christ.


    • V

      Thank you for your comment! I was powerfully moved to tears by His Spirit in reading your words. As a mother of 3 young children who fall into the latter half of this gen Z group, I was so encouraged to continue to pray for them & to be cognizant of the legacy I leave them; what my impact could be for future generations. Your testimony has also steeled my resolve to share my life openly & honestly with my kids – that they may witness His power, His grace, His mercy and His faithfulness when I face challenges & doubts. My youngest (4 y/o son) has taken to asking “what did God say to you today?” during dinner. My prayer, as they all grow older, is that they would all able to share in the same rich, awe, humbling and intimate relationship with our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ. That this ultimate relationship would be so sweet, it will drive them to share passionately with all others they encounter. You are a blessing. Continue to tell others your story of how God is active in your family b/c it gives hope to others!

    • FC

      Thank you very much for your inspiring testimony. May God hold our hands, as disciples, to follow Him daily. My son is 20 and I worry about his faith. But your testimony has encouraged me to keep praying and reaching out to him, trusting the Lord to perfect His work of grace in him. Thank you so much.

  38. Steven Loh

    How do we change our styles and our weekly studies methodology and songs and ways we canary out the discussion so that we can attract the millennial, the iGen and the Gen Z to attend the BSF? Drawing their attention to God’s word instead?

    • M

      As a Gen Z, I love the BSF Q&A’s, but I also like it when my GL allows for flexibility, and lets us talk about God at work in us from the passage, but not necessarily as a direct answer to the questions given. God’s word is living and active (Heb 4:12) and so dynamic that it may unfold a different layer of meaning to each person who reads it. I really enjoy it when the ladies get to talk about how God’s word spoke to them that week, and not just as an answer to the questions asked, because we get to explore a greater depth than if it were otherwise. This will become all the more powerful when other members agree with what is discussed, or gently reproves us if we are wrong, all on the basis of other Scriptural references, or the general truths of the Bible, for we have no other benchmark!

      This means a lot to me, especially because I used to be the only youngster in another Bible study and discussion group, and I was constantly discouraged when I had questions, or when I knew in my bones that God spoke to me, but I was shunned for sharing it, because I wasn’t old enough for them to accept it.

    • Tim Aagard

      God has placed in his word and instruction set so that EVERY culture contributes speaking and songs that flow from their generation and culture. It even demonstrates the “filling of the Spirit”. “…but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…” Eph. 5:19. Most singing in Christian meets is driven by a worship team or one person who picks the songs. No one says much of anything about the song before we sing, and no one is thinking there would even be anything to say from anyone after we sing. God things there is “speaking” about which we sing to be given by each believer, and even the song selection of what we sing. In this instruction, ANY believer of ANY generation or culture can contribute what is sung and why we sing it. This includes more believers and more perspectives which God wants to use to “build up” his people to value different generations and cultures. Do you understand this scripture and what I am saying changes EVERYTHING about our speaking and singing when we meet?

  39. Eric Pillischafske

    I see this across multiple generations including Z,X,Y, and some boomers. We have all been victimized by the social media exploitation of our privacy and time. We are just starting to recognize the damage and unfortunately gen Z is suffering because this is all they have known their whole life. We serve a great big God and as long as we seek Him and allow Him to dwell in our hearts, He can redeem this.

    **PLEASE READ THE BOOK DIGITAL MINIMALISM BY Cal Newport.** It will change the way you use social media which will maybe, just maybe, start a revolution that will change how your family utilizes technology. Technology is great when we utilize it. It’s terrible when it utilizes us.

    ECC 1:9-11(ESV) 9 What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
    10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
    It has been already
    in the ages before us.
    11 There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
    of later things yet to be
    among those who come after.


    I am a CL and some of my students and I use the You Version Bible app on our phones. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. It not only has every Bible translation in print and audio formats, but it offers daily devotionals for many different circumstances one might be experiencing, as well as a search tool where one can choose from emojis to represent their feelings and the app will generate a list of verses that speak to that feeling. They just added video formatted introductions to each book of the Bible that I believe would really appeal to Gen Z. It gives an overview of the book that is easy to understand and uses pencil sketch action illustrations that are fun to watch and aid in understanding for visual learners. I wonder if BSF could collaborate with You Version on some other ways to specifically reach Gen Z with the Word of God?!

    • Mark Richardson

      Excellent and accurate! I also use this and have been sharing this app with my high school ministry students. This and the bible project YouTube videos are excellent tools to engage today’s GenZ. They offer ways big only to read scripture but compare thoughts in community and comment to others your thoughts on it, ask questions, it even just encourage others with an emoji. You can compare bible versions as well.
      We use multiple group chat apps too. Students love to do group projects but also work alone, and offering both opportunities is key.

  41. Joshua Kaunda

    A good reminder not to give up, but to soldier on for the fame of Jesus Christ in all generations.

  42. Kathy P.

    Wow; I was just remarking that hardly any elementary school kids know who Jesus is or any accounts in the Bible (like about Soloman or the prodigal son or even one special Bible verse). Their parents are busy and/or uninterested, & teachers don’t dare say anything on that subject ): But they are open to Kid’s Club as an after school option, which is wonderful. BSF, too, has done much in teaching those children who are watched over while the parent has Bible study.

  43. Marvi is a wonderful new tool
    -level 1-3 BSF girls ask great questions, especially during the lesson
    -science is now ‘awe and beauty’ with attempts to reconcile non-theistic creationism
    -Take an interest (like Christ did) in others and doors open
    – “Success” leads others to ask “How?” and, like Solomon, my answer is full of God and His mercy.

  44. Lareen

    My class had a grandmother who battled with her own 3 yr old grandson in coming to children’s program for many weeks.She never gave up and in her own words,” He needs God.” The boy finally settled in class.

  45. Judy Frances Owens

    As, I was driving to be recess supervisor to Kinder thru 5th graders, the Holy Spirit directed and prompted me to remember the scripture… I Corinthians 13:1-8 … Love is the purpose for this Generation Z and that true pure love will bring them to Christ. They see everything with their eyes … the “soul” of man can be shown to them by us who have been restored in our soul by the blood and love of God. We can plant the seeds necessary by telling them our “stories” and by those truths of our surrender God will cause them to surrender. There is HOPE!!!

  46. Liza

    My son is in a BSF senior level class. While he loves God and reads the Bible, he’s still a Gen Z who is attracted by social media and short, catchy infotainment (aka YouTube).
    It’s a challenge for the rest of us to make the Bible relevant and God’s Truth come alive for each generation of God seekers. We need to leverage on these social media platforms to reach out to Gen Z.

    • Chandra Immanuel

      True. I am burdened about Gen Z and also others who are becoming atheists and not acknowledging their happiness and riches are from God. Many are rejecting God and the Bible. Thanks to BSF we are blessed and the word of God guiding our lives.

  47. Ann

    I honestly believe that Gen Z is easier to reach than Millennials – because we have grandmothers and grandfathers that are there to fill in the gap. They are great teachers for their grandchildren. Millennials (my children) are up and coming adults that are influenced by making money and fame and putting their whole life online for the world to judge and influence. They are the parents of the new generation of children and babies. How can we reach them so they don’t forget the ‘God of their fathers’ and pass it on to their children.

  48. Katherine

    I am a millennial and work in outreach youth ministry with this generation. They do face different challenges that I did not, and this article is so accurate to what I see.

    It motivates me to want to understand them so I know how to best reach them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Arlene

      I recently started teaching architecture students of Gen Z and fully agree with your insights about them though we live in India. I believe I can live and reflect the God of the bible and share of his glories , being fully assured that God is at work alongside me as I willingly share of His grace and truth to GenZ.
      Thanks for the encouragement too.

  49. Kathy Gordee

    I obviously do not have a true understanding of Generation Z! Thank you so much for this information and for sharing the comments. I want to be better-informed and I thank God BSF is committed to reaching them!

  50. John Ekdahl

    I’ve finally learned not to assume. But I do hope, pray, and trust that BSF International Corporate is trying to see how to meld our Godly message into the Generation Z tools and platforms. We need to “join ’em”. The battlefield is inside the electronic devices they all carry.

    I am suggesting a major BSF summit of our best and most talented to see “How do we reach out and touch these Gen Z kids and bring Jesus to their daily lives.” I say we find ways to turn these unique electronic tools of distraction and destruction into pathways to Christ.

    I see all around me gifted and loving Christians in a BSF setting. We need Mission and Focus! May the Holy Spirit help guide us along the new pathway to Christ.

    • Nicole Warne-McGraw

      Yes!!!! Rather than demonizing the tools available on smart devices, or lamenting the differences between generational experiences, we need to pray for God to lead and inspire ways to use these “new wineskins” to hold the Good News!


    When I taught the BSF Senior Level in the children’s program for the Springdale, Arkansas Evening Men’s group with Joe Bishop, I mentioned to the students that Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. I ask the students if anyone in the class could recite the entire chapter. Andrea Greene responded, “No sir, but I can recite the first forty verses.” I wept as I listened to her recite verbatim the first forty verses of Psalm 119. I have been committed to the BSF children’s program ever since. I have learned more about the Bible in BSF than I ever learned in any church, and know that it is the best means to reach the next generation for Christ.

  52. Debbie Parket

    What about a seminar for parents to help in sharing with this generation the truths of God’s Word in a conversational way.

    • Debbie Wells

      I like this idea of parent seminars because whatever they get in BSF for 1 1/2 hours needs to be re-enforced. This includes some of the discipline tools utilized.

    • charise pearson

      This would be great. A training for parents. I believe it all starts at home. Being equipped to start a new thing in our homes would be a great start. My family has started weekly family Bible study and I am seeing the difference. We have 3 Gen Z youth in our home and we realized that in order for us to see God move in their lives we needed to be intentional in sharing Him with them. Thus far all three have excepted Christ into their lives. Now we are learning ad teaching them together how to live this choice out by getting to know God and His teachings. BSF is a wonderful tools for families to come together after the sessions to discuss what was learned ad how as a family we can impliment what was learned in our daily lives. This was a great blog conversation and we as people from all generations must pick up the mantel and make sure that all generations get the opportunity to know God and choose God. This is a great platform to get started. Thanks for this.

  53. Carol Rackley

    I have listened to Focus on the Family on the radio for years. Sr. Dobson started this program, but became ill and had to find someone to replace him, Mr. Jim Daly. He has done a superb job!
    One of the things Mr. Dobson started was a radio show for kids, called: “Adventures in Odyssey”
    Created for children ages 8-12 (but loved by listeners of all ages. [I can attest to that because I loved it! I taught morals, right from wrong, and showed the trouble kids can get into by lying, cheating, stealing, etc. in a very intersting, captivating way.]), Adventures in Odyssey is a 30-minute drama that combines the faith lessons parents appreciate with characters and stories that kids love.
    Perhaps Mr. Daly would be interested in collaborating a similar program for the Generation Z kids?

  54. KB

    It is imperative for those of us who know the truth, to share it, knowledge of and belief in the one & only living God is the inheritance that must be passed to our children’s children

    • Raj

      Thank you for a highly informative and eye opening post.

      My very bright 11 year old grand nephew ( raised by his Hindu parents and who knows I am a Christian by faith) recently stunned me.when he declared he is an atheist.

      Now I am beginning to understand where that might have come from

      Will prayerfully ask God how I can share about what Christ has done for me with these kids given they are all being raised by their Hindu parents

  55. Don Crellin

    At 6:am. every morning I send each of our 8 grandchildren a spiritual vitamin ( Bible Verse) via e-mail …with a uplifting or instructional thought. Beneath the verse I name one of the grandchildren as a focus for prayer for the day. And sign it” With love Grampa. At some time during their education years in Jr. Hi, H.S & College they have thanked me for their daily Spiritual vitamins. Most of our children use message, e-mail or phones. Your program to link parents, grandparents and children is a means to bring our youth to Christ and the Church.

    • Kay Woodward

      I love this idea of a spiritual vitamin each day. I don’t have grandchildren yet, but it’s a way I can feed into my young adults’ lives who are not yet walking with the Lord. Thank you.

    • Deb Foreman

      I would like to start sending spiritual vitamins to my nephews. How do you determine the vitamin for the day? Any suggestions on how to get started?

    • Nicole Warne-McGraw

      I love this idea! My kids are teenagers and only read email when it is mandatory for school. But when I text them, they usually text right back. I text them YouVersion Bible Verse images that have cool fonts, type settings, and photography. I’ve noticed those images with Bible verses sometimes become their phone lock screens. Send young people texts, especially with images attached! That is “speaking their language!”

  56. Bridget Nelson

    I am a GL in a woman’s prison and I can’t wait to share this with my group as many of them have Gen Z children. I will pass on the information and motivation!

  57. Angela Etherton

    Thankyou, you have opened my eyes. I pray with His help, that we are able to pass on to generation z God’s love for them as it is for us.

  58. Dalton Tasset

    This is a great blog. I am part of generation z and have been in bsf for many years and am finishing up on ppl1. God has used bsf to be a huge blessing in my life so that I can learn more about the Lord and his holiness. I believe that one of the huge problems facing my generation is that churches don’t teach about theology and let emotions take control of their sermons and small groups. I believe bsf does a good job at combating this and purely focuses on the teachings and the truth about the Lord our God. There is so much I could say but I am definitely wanting to help bsf reach my generation because it has impacted my life immensely!

    • Vonna Read

      Dalton, I thank God for you! He will use your obedient heart for His kingdom and His glory. It’s so wonderful to hear from a Gen Z-er personally. I have two at home, a 16 and 17 year old. I am constantly sharing the new things I learn through my BSF ppl bible study. Keep up the good work, Dalton (and BSF)!

  59. Inez Edmondson

    Thanks for your insight. Has BSF thought about a child like version of Bible Study for Youtube and or Netflix? Perhaps a creative type show that the children would enjoy watching and learning. Granted the parents should be doing the training, but since this is such an influence, perhaps BSF could have a creative program each week that would capture their sweet minds. Just a thought, I like to dream BIG with God!

    • Carol Rackley

      That’s a great idea, Inez! Dr. Dobson started doing that when he created his children’s series on the radio: “Adventures in Odyssey”; Created for children ages 8-12 (but loved by listeners of all ages), Adventures in Odyssey is a 30-minute drama that combines the faith lessons parents appreciate with characters and stories that kids love.
      Perhaps the new head of Focus on the Family, Mr. Jim Daly, would be willing to collaborate with BSF?

      • Sherry Blair

        The producers of Odyssey collaborated with Randy Hekman to launch “Down Gilead Lane” from Children’s BIble Hour ( CBH Ministries) another radio program outreach for families.

    • Jerilynn R Anderson

      I myself have been a GL for the past 4 years after retirement I found out about the BFS program. I too am excited to share God’s word to our grandchildren, I too would like to see BFS technically to keep up with this and future generations.

    • Charlotte Warren

      If I might add to what Inez wrote, I am raising a generation Z daughter and I am hopeful that if BSF does some child or teen version of Bible study that they do more than just Bible stories. From what I have experienced, Generation Z is faced with more challenges than I could ever dream when I was growing up or even a few years ago when our daughter was an infant. She has been in a “Christian” school that aggressively taught against the Bible and indoctrinated about evolution. She was taught the Bible was passed down like a game of telephone so you can’t trust it, the gospels contradict so you can’t trust them, Genesis two contradicts Genesis one, Abraham was the first historic human, Adam & Eve are a group not a couple, the children of Adam & Eve didn’t marry their tribe but married evolutionary creatures, aliens are not carbon based, and etc. From what I saw, Generation Z needs apologetics to counter the lies they are taught. At a different school, our daughter was taught “you can’t say gay is wrong.” The kids say, “why can’t people love who they want”. The kids labeled “Scout” of “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Trans and told kids that anyone who was a Tomboy or a girl who plays with boys is Trans. This confuses kids. The school counselor told kids their parents taught them (the kids) their values, but the values of the parents might not match how people in the world think. There is so much more. I could go on and on. The kids these days need truth and information to counter the lies they are taught in school and from their peers. They need apologetics.

      • Charlotte Warren

        I need to add that I do like the idea of some sort of thing, like Adventures in Odyssey. My daughter listened to them growing up and I can’t remember, but there might have been videos, too. From my experience with a Generation Z, her friends, and peers, I think will short cartoon videos will appeal to children up to a certain age. Around the “Tween” age and up, I think they will relate more to a tv show-like program with real-life human actors playing characters. Adventures, dramas, and comedies would be popular from what I observe. The teens these days love to watch other young people and they watch things like Riverdale, Sabrina, Harry Potter, Pretty Little Liars, and etc. (not my daughter, but these are shows her peers talk about) I think it would be great if BSF could collaborate with someone to produce these types of shows that relate do the relative truth/absolute truth issues of today’s kids and youth. I love the old Adventures in Odyssey programs, but I think they might need to be tweaked to have apologetics and also situations relevant to situation of kids today. For example, my young teen daughter and I attended the Answers in Genesis Women’s Conference about sexuality last week. Heidi St. John said that she has to raise her young daughter different than she did her older daughters. She tells the story of being in the grocery store and her then 4 year old daughter seeing a man on the cover of a magazine who was dressed like a woman. Her daughter asked why this man was dressed like a woman. Heidi got down on her knees and asked if her daughter was born a man or a woman. Then she told her that a lot of people these days are confused. The young 4 year old then asked if this man had any friends who would have helped him if he was confused. Heidi talked about how Generation Z and the rest of us are being conditioned to not say any truth to anyone or we will hurt their feelings. She said this is using “feeling” as an idol. I too have seen this pressure on kids today at school, to be a peace-maker. After we got home from the AIG Conference, my daughter told me how a teacher at the school showed a TED-Talk about how clownfish change genders. This was in Science class, but it was continued in a sex class. I am so thankful that I took her to the AIG Women’s Conference as Dr. Georgia Purdom handled this by telling us that some animals eat their young, so just because a clownfish can change its gender does not mean the people do. I do hope that BSF can make cartoons for kids and real teen actor programs for reaching Generation Z. I think it is a great idea to collaborate with Focus on the Family, but I also recommend collaborating with Dr. Purdom of AIG and Heidi St. John, among others. If anyone wants to know more about how to relate to Gen Z and what they need to know, Google for the videos of the Answers in Genesis Women’s Conference “Sacred” 2019. The talk from Ken Ham, Dr. Georgia Purdom, Heidi St. John, June Hunt, and etc. Google “Georgia Purdom Speaking at Answers for Women: Biology and Sexuality,” “Ken Ham Speaking at Answers for Women,” and ” Heidi St. John Speaking at Answers in Genesis: Talking to our Kids.” Blessings to all!

        • Sandy

          I’m shocked and saddened by the statistic that only 4% of gen-z hold a biblical worldview. That generation includes young people from age 4 to age 20, so I wonder how the 4% figure breaks down according to the different ages of those surveyed. Is there any clarification possible from the author, please?

          • Kim Hurtado

            Hi Sandy! Yes for this research report, Barna focused on youth ages 13-18 when calculating the percent of Gen Z that hold a Biblical worldview. Hope that helps!

  60. Lisa Benson

    ..” I don’t know all the answers. But I know that I love you. Let’s search for the answer together.”…. this is a gem.

    • Gary Danskin

      That’s very rich thanks

    • Lindsay Kennedy

      I agree!

      And take it just one step further.
      Jesus loves me.
      This I know
      For the Bible tells me

      Because we know what love is…the love of God, we have a REAL love to pour out and offer those around us.

      Generation Z sees self love at every turn. God’s love flowing through us(selfless love) will be peculiar and cause a soul hungry generation to take notice. Thank you for this blog post.

  61. Amber Rodriguez

    Wow! I was just listening to a podcast today on this same topic. This is so eye opening and I’m so grateful I now know this so I cannot bury my head in the sand and be fervent about my commitment as a mom, friend, and bible study shepherd leader!

  62. -B

    Jesus, we entrust you to make us disciples and disciplers. Help us, Lord Jesus.

  63. Prof. Ezekiel O. Afolabi

    Nice to be introduced to BSF Generation Z.

    • Mary Ann Straub

      Mary Ann Straub: I was privileged to participate in Kids Club for several years while in Florida. What amazed me
      beyond words was the children’s hunger for and interest in The Word. They were very willing participants who c

      Mary Ann Straub: Several years ago I was privileged to participate in Kids Club while I was in DeLand, Florida.
      All I can say is, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few.” I was absolutely amazed at the children’s
      interest and enthusiasm as I observed their actual hunger for The Word . Their many questions and
      observations never failed to amaze me. Actually , their responses to our teaching were on a very impressive
      intellectual level, as well as on an emotional level. To me, it often appeared as if they were actually devouring
      The Word. I could say so much more, but will leave it at this(again): “The harvest is great, but the laborers are
      few.” Amen

      ame to class prepared. I have to admit I did not expect this when I first became involved with them. At their
      tender ages they were 100% “ripe and ready” to receive and “devour” God’s Holy Word. I sensed a literal hunger
      for it. I have to admit, this was the last thing I expected when I first started working with them. Indeed, the

    • Mable

      Thank you for the informative report. I have no solution, I only know that my God is greater than all these that are troubling us. The Bible says if anyone lacks wisdom, he/she should ask God who gives generously. I will do just that and trust God will show me what to do or say to the Gen-Xers in my life.

      • Jennie

        Amen! It’s discouraging to think about all that we are up against, but God is enough, and He is not surprised by the culture of today. Asking Him for wisdom and opportunities is always best first step, each day, each hour, each person, each situation 🙂

      • Vera

        You are so right! It starts at home. We must be diligent to train up their hearts to listen to God’s voice above all the other counterfeits… we must be willing talk about uncomfortable things much earlier then we thought… we must be willing to do as they suggested and let them know they are loved, we don’t know all the answer but we can look together…. shaping the heart so they internalize why , doing the right thing pleases God:) Yes it is a pass … yes, the baton may get dropped …. they have a choice to pick it up … I like to think of it as the marathon torch…. then if it drops and they choose not to pick it up I will hold it so they can see the light shining no matter how dark it may get the light of God will break through… His true Truth will be victorious because he has conquered the enemy who wants to kill, steal, rob, and destroy. Joining you in fervent prayers for this Generation who has the technology at their fingertips to share the gospel of Christ in ways I never imagined, for such a time as this Generation Z has been born. Hallelujah!

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