Gen Z – How to Launch Your Young Adult In This World

Howdy! My name is Jenna and I just graduated high school! I have been attending the Springs since its beginning and I have loved every minute of it!

During my senior year in high school, I was challenged numerous times to take ownership of my own faith. I think this is sometimes easier said than done. I do believe that there are some things that parents can do for their teenagers to help them own their faith during their high school career and when they head off to college.

Parents can provide a space for hard questions, show why Church community is important, and take the Gospel seriously.

My generation, Generation Z, is growing up in a crazy culture filled with all kinds of “truths.” This causes people, especially young people, to ask hard questions. Questions about God, life, marriage, good, evil, and right and wrong. When teenagers ask questions about these subjects, I think some parents get extremely nervous. Questions can be hard, but God wants people to ask questions; He can handle it! 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” I think one of the best things parents can do for their children is to provide a space where their child won’t feel any shame or judgment for asking a hard question. I think I am better prepared for college because my parents helped me work through any questions I had. It should be encouraging that kids are asking questions because it means they are searching for Truth! Don’t waste that opportunity to have a really cool and meaningful conversation with your teenager! If you don’t know the answer to their question, figure it out with them!

One of the greatest things I’ve learned from my parents is why community, especially Church community is so important.

Throughout my entire life, I have seen my parents pour into those around them. I have seen them serve so faithfully in the church. I have seen the impact the church community has on peoples’ lives. I’ve seen people rally together to help those in need. One of the first things I am going to do when I get to college is to find a church with a good community because of the impact the church has had on my parents and my life. We are not supposed to do life alone (Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalm 133:1, and Matthew 18:20)! Parents, lead by example; get involved in your church, join a small group, and make an effort to live life with other families who are pursuing Jesus!

Lastly, take the Gospel seriously. The last thing teenagers need is a watered-down or sugar-coated Gospel. Be firm in your faith. Please do not shy away from the heart of the Gospel. The culture your kids are living in is filled with so many different ideas and beliefs all claiming themselves to be true, so speak the truth in love and with grace rather than yell or demand. Jesus’ time on earth was filled with love and compassion and it needs to be shared. Pray for your teenagers to learn their Heavenly Father loves them so much and wants to have a relationship with them. Lead by example; share with your kids how God has moved in your life and why you choose to follow Him.

Your teenagers care more than you think they do; I promise. Be honest with them, help them work through hard things, lead by example, take the Gospel seriously, and pray for them.

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  1. Holley Digby

    I love this! Thanks for sharing

  2. Jen Adams

    Jenna, thanks so much for this encouragement! Proud of who you are and your pursuit of a relationship with Christ. Others will be blessed by your relationship with the Lord as you head off to Aggieland…after loving on kiddos at T Bar M! : )
    Jen

  3. Amy

    Thank you for sharing Jenna!

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