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There is a saying that goes something like this: "We get most of our exercise jumping to conclusions." We definitely see that when it comes to how we view the generations that come after us. We don't always understand what makes them tick, which leaves us not really knowing how to have an impact with them.
What we do know is that they need people who care about them. For many reasons that Jordan shares, they face high rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide, and only 4% claim to have a Biblical worldview. But there is hope because God is doing something in many hearts around the world. And there is more good news because we know many of you are like us - you WANT to make a difference and just need some input on where to start.
We were excited to welcome Jordan Whitmer to our podcast. Not only is he part of Gen Z, but he began a cutting edge ministry that is all about reaching and equipping Gen Z and beyond! Whether you are already having an impact with Gen Z or looking to get started, here are some key takeaways from what Jordan had to share:
- Encourage those young people who are trying to make a difference for Jesus, even if it doesn't look the same as the things you do.
- Invest and pour into young people by spending time with them and inviting them to come alongside you in things you are doing.
- Empower young people to lead, even if it means they might make some mistakes along the way. Walk with them through those mistakes, and teach through those times.
- Be real. Be genuine. Share the mistakes you've made and how you've overcome them.
- And hey, when in doubt, you can always open a door by helping hook them up with some food. It helps build a bridge and shows you care.
Honestly, it might take some time to make a deeper connection, but it's worth taking the time. As Jordan mentions, "It might take a little bit for them to fully warm up to you and trust you as someone, because young people are very skeptical perhaps of older generations, but at the same time, they are open and willing to have this conversation."
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).
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