Generation Z’s average church attendance may have declined in recent years, but a recent Intervarsity survey indicates that — as they enter into post- or inter-pandemic living — they’re spiritually hungry and looking for answers.
Key findings include:
• Almost half (47%) of students reported that their mental and emotional health has been negatively impacted as a result of the pandemic. Of these students, 71% contributed this to isolation, lack of community, and/or a lack of social interactions.
• 60% of students are hungry for even more resources on Scripture study and 52% want more guidance on prayer; nearly half (47%) of students are looking for resources to provide guidance on dating and marriage.
• Top issues of importance to students today are: racial justice (39%); climate change (29%); foster care, adoption, and orphan care (28%). Jobs and the economy (14%); immigration (10%); and serving refugees (8%) were ranked the lowest.
Reviewing the survey, Intervarsity’s CEO TOM Lin said that after a year of isolation, Gen Z is feeling the need for community.
“Generation Z is the most connected generation yet, with an unprecedented online presence and digital connectivity,” said Tom Lin, President & CEO of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “However, the findings of this survey show just how important community and fellowship are to students’ overall well-being and how important it is to maintain and cultivate these on college campuses.”
Read the Intervarsity survey news release here.
Read the full survey results here.