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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author of unChristian trains his researcher's eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman's first book unChristian showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, You Lost Me shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith.
Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live "in but not of" the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime.
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We've all felt it at the gut level. We've seen churches that don't represent local demographics when it comes to age diversity. But what do we do about the problem of young adults leaving the church? As a youth pastor, this is a truly concerning issue. What's the point of my job if after they graduate from high school they graduate from church? Furthermore, if kids are leaving after they pass through my area of ministry...is what I'm doing effective?
What I like about this book is it goes beyond gut feelings and anecdotal evidence and uses hard data through the trusted research of Barna to explore these issues. It helps provide a roadmap for the future of our church by creating a better understanding of where we have failed in the recent past. It's a pretty quick and smooth read considering the ground that is covered.
I dare you to read it and not sense a need for our church to change. And to change in a positive, biblical, and possibly even more orthodox way.