Today’s teenagers are being called the first “post-Christian” generation in America. That’s according to a new Barna Group research study that reports the percentage of Gen Z 13-18 year olds that identify as atheists is higher than any other previous generation. (Read the report HERE.)
But the study wasn’t all doom and gloom.
It also showed that of those teens who do attend church, more than 80% of them feel positive about their experiences. They report feeling they can be themselves in church, that it is relevant to their lives, and is a place to find answers to live a meaningful life.
Portland Adventist Academy Chaplain Monte Torkelsen has served as a youth minister for Gen Xers, Millennials, and now Gen Z. He says one thing has always been true about teens, no matter the generation.
“They want to belong,” he says. “They want to be heard. They want to be together. And they have a deep longing for meaning.”