Learning Objectives

Learn how to overcome generational barriers and make meaningful connections with Gen Z students and emerging faculty.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your generational heritage (Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z)

  • Learn why generational understanding is important for campus ministry

  • Learn how to minister with Gen Z students and faculty, whether you identify as Gen Z yourself or part of a different generation

Play Your Way

Engage with the material in your context!

  • ~60 minutes (self-paced)

    Though we anticipate this course to take around 60 minutes to complete, please feel free to do it at your own pace. All your progress will be saved so you can hop back on and resume where you left off!

  • Course Quicksheet

    This is a one-page summary of the material that you can print out as a quick refresher on the key takeaways.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Generations on Campus

    • Introduction

    • Before we begin . . .

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Thinking Generationally

    • Lesson 1: Why Generations?

    • Lesson 2: What’s in a name? The expertise of iGen

    • Lesson 3: How did we get here? A brief history of generations

    • Lesson 4: Three Distinctives of Gen Z

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Putting Generational Theory in Practice

    • Lesson 1: The Need to Translate Campus Ministry

    • Lesson 2: Reaching out to Gen Z

    • Lesson 3: Evangelism with Gen Z

    • Lesson 4: Discipling Gen Z

    • Lesson 5: Leading Gen Z

    • Lesson 6: Trends in the University World

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Coaching Gen Z

    • Lesson 1: 3 Questions you should start asking Gen Z today (Plus some to ask Boomers and the like)

    • Lesson 2: Affirm Before Challenging Gen Z (But Don’t be Afraid to Do Both)

    • Check for Understanding (Quiz)

  • 5

    Conclusion

    • Closing Remarks

    • Before you go . . .

Resource Toolbox

All resources referenced from this course will be linked below for your convenience to view and download. Please use adapt these resources to what works for you in your ministry context.


Worksheets

Ministering with Gen Z Quicksheet

(2-page pdf) 

Summary of the course in a quick, 2-page format, perfect for a quick review on the go!

 

Reading

“What I Learned From Gen Z’s Faithfulness During the Pandemic”

(Christianity Today Article by Tom Lin | October 20, 2021)

Learn about five ways Tom Lin has seen Gen Z college students modeling a deeper, more resilient faith that older generations can learn from.

“Understanding & Honoring Gen Z”

(InterVarsity Blog article by Mikee Golingo | July 29, 2021)

Read how campus minister Mikee Golingo understands and honors the Gen Z students that God has called her to love.

“iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us”

(Book by Jean M. Twenge PhD)

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation.
“Real Life – A Christianity Worth Living Out”

(Book by James Choung)


Join Stephen, Bridget and Jared on their journey of following Jesus, as they discover what it means to move from skeptic to world-changer. And find new pathways for Christian discipleship and disciple-making in a world yearning for hope.


Media

Love and Courage IV

(Instagram) 

Take your walk with Jesus to the next level through intriguing devotionals and practical applications to grow in love and courage

Con Confianza

(Podcast on Spotify) 


We dig into relevant topics for campus ministry and Latino leadership.