April 10th 2013 No comments yet
Being fresh off the press as a new adult is a scary time in life, I’m finding out. People my age go from the relative structure of being in school to being dropped off on the side of life’s highway to fend for ourselves in a terrifyingly short amount of time. It’s a season of our lives where we need God’s guidance more than ever before, and sadly, significant sectors of my peers aren’t pursuing it.
According to a study done by the Barna Group, nearly three out of every five young adults who grew up in church leave after age 15. An alarming statistic, no doubt, but why does it happen?
After a five year research project comprised of eight national studies and interviewing teens, young adults, parents, and pastors, no predominant reason was found for the disturbing trend. Instead, six themes emerged as to why folks my age are leaving the church completely or staying away for an extended period after their teenage years.
This series will take each of the six themes one by one and tackle them truthfully from the mind of a person at that stage of life. As the resident young gun, who better to address the issues than me? Anyone on the pastoral staff most likely, but I’ll take a crack at it.
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