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Mass Exodus: How the Church Is Losing the Youth

(In and Out of the Church, 15 years of age to 30 year of age)


Six in 10 young people will leave the church permanently or for an extended period starting at age 15, according to new research by the Barna Group. And for the generation now coming of age, it's more than the usual "driver's license to marriage license" joy ride, according to the pollsters. For church leaders, the question is, what will we do about it?

Today's young adults are marrying later, if at all, are technologically savvy, and hold worldviews alien to their upbringing. Barna Research president David Kinnaman, after a five-year-study, declared that church leaders are unequipped to deal with this "new normal."

Their response is mostly at the extremes, both dangerous. Many ignore the situation, hoping young adults' views will be righted when they are older and have their own children. These leaders miss the significance of the shifts of the past 25 years, Kinnaman contends, and the needs for ministry young people have in their present phase—if it is a phase.

But the opposite reaction is just as problematic: "using all means possible to make their congregation appeal to teens and young adults." This excludes older members and "builds the church on the preferences of young people and not on the pursuit of God," Kinnaman said.

Kinnaman prescribes intergenerational ministry. "In many churches, this means changing the metaphor from simply passing the baton to the next generation to a more functional, biblical picture of a body - that is, the entire community of faith, across the entire lifespan, working together to fulfill God's purposes."

THE SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN NIGHTCLUB (FRANCHISE SYSTEM), goal is to reach the young people 16 to 30 years of age “Outside of the Church” to show there is a Right way to party and serve the most high God (YHWH). We need your support as our mission is to bring the Gospel into the Nightlife Areas worldwide thru a Franchise System. We are fighting back against this falling away of young people for the Faith. This cause is not about your present Church Youth Group. This is bigger than that, It about the “There are thousands of youth leaving the church and millions not going to Church.” This is our solution in fighting back against the enemy. What are you going to do about it?

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Overprotective. Shallow. Repressive. These are all words some Christian youth have used to describe their faith experience. That perception undoubtedly explains why recent studies show more than half of all Christian teens and 20-somethings are distancing themselves from today's Church.

The Barna group, a nonpartisan research company, has found that almost 60 percent of young people ages 15-29 have left active involvement.

This phenomenon has been examined by researcher David Kinnaman in his new book, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith.

Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, explains the reasoning behind the mass exodus and how the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live "in but not of" the world.

His study debunks popular myths about these dropouts and imagines the future of Christianity if the Church as a whole ignores the exodus of its youth.