Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type



Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

Primary Advisor

Dr. Bellamin Gomez


Generation Z is a generation that is completely unique to the ones before it. However, this also means that Generation Z also has its own unique challenges from the generations that came before. This thesis examines who Generation Z is, explores Generation Z’s struggle with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and loneliness. In light of those issues, this thesis seeks to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected and continues to affect Generation Z’s battle with mental health. The purpose of this thesis is to identify and define these issues and understand how youth pastors can meet the specific mental health needs of Generation Z in a world after 2020. Social distancing, quarantine, and COVID-19 exposed and, in some cases, amplified many mental health struggles that Generation Z was already facing before 2020, but youth pastors can continue to reach adolescents by focusing on clarifying their identity, building a supportive community, and communicating Biblical truth.