Engaging Gen Z Webcast


World Vision and other Kingdom-minded ministries including: Global Leadership Network, Barna, and Alpha take an in-depth look at The Open Generation research and how to reach the next generation.

What if there’s a generation of emerging leaders here, now, that God has fashioned just for this exact season to mobilize His church?

“From one man, Adam, he made every man and woman and every race of humanity, and he spread us over all the earth. He sets the boundaries of people and nations, determining their appointed times in history. He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him, and find him – for He is the God who is easy to discover!” Acts 17:26-27

Listen to Gen Z themselves, along with pastors and leaders, on how to engage today’s generation and make an impact on those to come.


  • The largest study in its history
  • Over 25,000 teens were surveyed in 26 different countries
  • Examine The Open Generation’s three crucial areas: Jesus, the Bible, and justice
  • Explore potential ways to partner with parents in your church
  • Panel discussion with some of today’s leading Next Gen pastors

Webcast Contributors 

David Kinnaman | He is the CEO of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with more than two million individuals and overseen thousands of U.S. and global research studies.

Derwin L. Gray | Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community located in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kara Powell | Kara Powell, PhD, is Chief of Leadership Formation and Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager.

Kristel Acevedo | Kristel Acevedo is the Spiritual Formation Director at Transformation Church in South Carolina. Originally from Miami and the daughter of immigrants, she has a passion for discipleship, biblical literacy, multiethnic ministry, and helping others develop a biblical view on immigration.

Bonus Content

Carey Nieuwhof | In partnership with Thrive Conference, we’ve recorded an exclusive Advanced Ministry Training with Carey Nieuwhof. Get practical steps on applying the Barna Open Generation research to your church and team.

In partnership with

Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture.

Alpha helps create a space for honest conversation around some of life’s biggest questions. They estimate that more than a million people in the U.S. have experienced Alpha for themselves in the last three years.

Global Leadership Network (GLN) hosts the world’s largest annual leadership event, The Global Leadership Summit. Through year-round events and free leadership resources, the GLN combines a blend of leadership education to serve the 2.5 million people who visit GlobalLeadership.org each year.