Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU

Gen Z Pastor Class

Course Summary

Generation Z (Gen Z) could not be more different than previous generations. Widely regarded as describing those born in 1995 and beyond, Gen Zs’ oldest members are now in high school and college, and have ambitious plans for their education, their careers and their lives. While they define themselves in digital terms, Gen Z also craves an environment where they can share with and co-create their spiritual life with their peers. These traits offer pastors greater opportunities to connect with these generations. The Alpha Generation (born 2010 and beyond) are just beginning elementary school. It’s a world of Screenagers where not only do they multi-screen and multi-task, but where glass has become the new medium for content dissemination and unlike the medium of paper, it is a kinesthetic, visual, interactive, connective and portable format. This class will explore the mindset of these generations and provide strategies to reach these generations for the kingdom.

What do I need to know?

After watching the videos, completing course learning materials, completing the learning activities, and taking short multiple choice quizzes, you’ll earn 1 continuing education units (CEU) and a training certificate.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you will discover background and traits of the Gen Z’s and Millennials. You will gain perspective of their digital progression. You will examine the mindset, sleep habits, and potential learning problems of Gen Z’s. Negative impacts of the digital world will be discussed. You will gain better insight into Gen Z’s needs from mentors. You will understand the combination of secularization, privatization, and pluralization that has created a mishmash of ‘bad religion’ and come to a better understanding of the ‘Nones’. You will discover key principles in winning Gen Z’s back to the organized church, and discover their chief concerns. Lastly, you will learn strategies to integrate social media into church and use current technology methods to reach youth for Christ.

About the Instructor

Dr. England EdD has taught for 41 years and has been principal at 3 different junior academies. For the past 22 years, he has been at Southwestern Adventist University as a Professor of Education & Psychology in the Education Department.

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Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU
Self-paced course