Generation Alpha, born approximately 2010 to 2025 and probably a much smaller generation than the previous two cohorts based on current birth rates, will be comprised of approximately 52 million people in the United States. This is the generation that will be most affected by the lasting ramifications of the Covid virus and will probably face continuing struggles with the negative emotions of fear and uncertainty.
Like Gen Z, Alpha’s will grow up in a post-Christian and post-church world and, as the offspring of Millennial generation parents, are not likely to see church or religious organizations as an important priority in their own lives and schedules. Some sociologists are also observing that members of this generation will also face a “post-family” culture as well, where the perceived American ideal of a “nuclear family” will not be the norm.
There is also growing indication that churches will need to retool and revamp their children’s and youth ministries to reach them with the Gospel and to continue to have effective ministries to these emerging generations.
More than ever, church leaders and youth workers in this country will need to think and act more like cross-cultural missionaries to reach these new generations.
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About the Book
Mel Walker passed away on December 2, 2021. This book contains his final thoughts, lessons, and answers to some of the most important questions related to youth ministry. His goal was to leave as many resources as possible for those seeking to reach the next generation for Christ. If you have questions about youth ministry, it’s likely that this book has answers!
About the Author
Mel was a youth ministry “lifer”. He devoted over 45 years of his life to reaching the next generation and training others to do the same. He was a youth pastor, mentor, professor of youth ministry, youth curriculum author and editor, author of many youth ministry articles and books, co-founder of a youth ministry organization, network, and national youth ministries conference, and director of a leadership conference for teens, among other things. His life’s dream was “that the generation to come might know” (Psalm 78:6).