An Inside Look at Gen Z’s Spiritual Practices
A question we frequently hear at Springtide is “why don’t young people want to come to church?” Our data does show many young people don’t attend religious services regularly, that doesn’t mean they don’t consider themselves religious or spiritual. In fact, 68% of the young people we surveyed in 2022 identified as religious, and 77% claimed to be spiritual. It’s not that young people are disinterested in religion or spirituality, but they do tend to be skeptical of traditional religious institutions – it can be a challenge to draw them in and keep them there.
And that may be because many Gen Zers resonate with parts and pieces of different religious and spiritual traditions and can see themselves fitting in with them.
They are explorers by nature and enjoy the freedom of investigating a number of beliefs and practices to see what feels right for them – and they do this on a regular basis. More traditional practices like prayer remain favorites for Gen Z, but they’re just as likely to consider being in nature, doing art, practicing yoga or volunteering as ways to connect spiritually.
We call Gen Z’s approach to religious and spiritual practice Faith Unbundled, which is a term that describes the way they construct their faith by combining elements such as beliefs, identity, practices and community from a variety of religious and non-religious sources, rather than receiving all these things from a single system. Young people partake in beliefs and practices to the degree that suits them, without formal commitment.
Hear from the young people we surveyed on how religious and spiritual practice looks like for them: