Mobilizing Gen Z: Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Age of Missions (Paperback)
A God-Designed Generation for a God-Given Task
The scale and scope of the global, technological, and cultural changes of the past two decades are unprecedented. For the first time in history, American churches and agencies are mobilizing from a post-Christian cultural context and to new collaborations with a global mission force. Amidst these rapid changes, how can mission leaders continue to ensure that we fulfill the Great Commission mandate to disciple Christ-worshippers from every tribe, tongue, and nation?
In Mobilizing Gen Z, Jolene Erlacher and Katy White blend leading research with the voices of current mission practitioners to unpack the dynamics behind our changing culture and the resulting impact on the church. And perhaps not-so-surprisingly, they reach the conclusion that God has already provided a solution for such a time as this-Gen Z (b. 1996- 2010).
Through an in-depth profile of this rising cohort-their characteristics, worldview, strengths and weaknesses-the authors illustrate both why Gen Z is sorely needed and why we must seek to engage them differently than previous generations. Encouraging and winsome, Mobilizing Gen Z provides practical tools and strategies for engaging, equipping, and retaining Gen Z missionaries. Are we ready to pass the torch?
About the Author
Jolene Erlacher (EdD) is a next gen researcher, speaker, and consultant at Leading Tomorrow. She teaches graduate courses at several Christian universities. Jolene grew up as a missionary kid and has been researching leadership and generational trends in ministry contexts for over a decade. Jolene lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughters. Katy White works with non-profit leadership and local churches to ignite a passion for missions in the lives of young adults and to shepherd them all the way through the process from initial exploration to thriving on the field. Katy currently serves with GoCorps and lives in Texas with her husband Colton.