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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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More than half of all Christian teens and twentysomethings leave active involvement in church.
David Kinnaman trains his researcher's eye on these young believers and reveals the factors that contribute to the dropout problem. You Lost Me shows why Christians ages 18 to 29 are leaving the church and rethinking their commitment to the faith.
Based on new research conducted by the Barna Group, You Lost Me exposes ways the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live "in but not of" the world--to follow Christ in the midst of profound cultural change. This wide-ranging study debunks persistent myths about young dropouts and examines the likely consequences for young adults and for the church if we maintain the status quo.
The faith journeys of the next generation are a challenge to the established church, but they can also be a source of hope for the community of faith. Kinnaman, with the help of contributors from across the Christian spectrum, offers ideas for pastors, youth leaders, parents, and educators to pass on a vibrant, lasting faith, and ideas for young adults to find themselves in wholehearted pursuit of Christ.|David Kinnaman is coauthor of the bestselling unChristian. He is president and majority owner of the Barna Group, a private, non-partisan research and resource company located in Ventura, California. In Kinnaman's sixteen years at the firm, he has supervised more than 350,000 interviews for client projects and nationwide studies among American adults, teenagers, tweens, and clergy on matters of faith, spirituality, political attitudes, and social dynamics. Barna Group's body of research is often quoted in major media outlets and from pulpits. David frequently speaks on topics of cultural change, young adults, teenagers, vocation and calling, leadership, and generations. He and Jill, his wife, have three children and live in California.
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Is the church losing the next generation?
Millions of young Christians are disconnecting from church as they transition into adulthood. They're real people, not just statistics. And each one has a story to tell.
"I knew from church that I couldn't believe in both science and God, so that was it. I didn't believe in God anymore."--Mike
"When I write a song that's not used in a way that every Christian agrees on, I get hammered. What am I supposed to be using my talents for?"--Sam
"I felt like I had been punched in the stomach . . . I remember thinking on the way home, My non-Christian friends would never do that to me."--Sarah
"It just feels like the church's teaching on sexuality is behind the times."--Dennis
Now the bestselling coauthor of unChristian reveals the long-awaited results of a new nationwide study of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background. Discover why so many are disengaging from the faith community, renew your hope for how God is at work in the next generation--and find out how you can join in.
Includes ideas for passing on a flourishing, deep-rooted faith from:
Kenda Creasy Dean
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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.
I sincerely appreciate the research and the passion that is often evident in Kinnaman's book. Frankly, I'm just totally frustrated.