What are People Groups?

Our communities are made up of "people groups," different demographics that need the Gospel. These groups often consist of different ages (children, high schoolers, senior adults, young famililes, college students, etc), marital statuses, and diverse ethnicities. Oftentimes, Christians struggle to know how to engage people that are different than us in conversations as we work to build relationships. 

Stephanie wants to provide some insight into reaching different people groups in your community. While the resources mainly focus on college students, the principles provide a helpful framework for engaging any youth or adult demographic.

The people that God provides to help you learn about engaging an unfamiliar people group is a “Person of Peace.”  A person of peace is a Christian within a specific demographic who wants to help you enter into their context with the Gospel and so they invite you in.

Stephanie has provided a story about two persons of peace that helped her enter into the collegiate athlete world at UNT.

Does your church want to engage the college students in your community but you don't know where to start? Partnering with a  person of peace, a Christian college student who invites you into their life and wants to help you to enter into their context with the Gospel is often the best place to start. 

Download the resource to learn more about 5 steps that can help you find a person of peace.

1. Identify

2. Pray

3. Listen

4. Learn

5. Meet Needs

College athletes are very different than the typical student. They have different schedules, unique restrictions, distinctive expectations, and they often feel like people only want them for their abilities. There are significant reasons that student athletes are disengaged in churches and campus ministries, and even more importantly, unfamiliar with the Gospel. 

In response to that, I had to throw out typical ministry models and structures and literally position myself so that I could learn how to best serve them. Download this article to read about the lessons I learned about ministry to collegiate athletes.

Millennials consist of people born between 1984 and 2002. 

Did you know:

  • 6 out of 10 Millennials have dropped out of church at some point.
  • 3 out of 10 say that church is not important at all.
  • 2/3 believe that Christians are hypocritical.

Check out this resource for a glimpse into understanding the Millennial worldview and how your church can engage them with the Gospel. The information in the resource is found in the Barna Group's Making Space for Millennials resource. You can purchase the comprehensive study here.

Generation Z consist of people born between 1999 and 2015.

Did you know:

  • 4% have a Biblical worldview
  • 61% of Gen Z Christians do not think that church is important becuase they can find God elsewhere
  • 37% believe it is not possible to know for sure that God is real

Check out this resource for a glimpse into understanding Generation Z. The information in this resource is foudn in the Barna Group's Who is Gen Z? You can purchase the comprehensive study here.

3 key factors for engaging college students in relational evangelism are: proximity, presence, and patience. 

Check out this resource to help you think through how you can get around college students, be intentional as you invest, and build trust with them.

Training and Information Videos

Stephanie has created training videos for the UNT BSM and local churches discussing the people group resources.


Listen In Podcast

Stephanie has recorded podcasts that are helpful when considering ministering to people groups.

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