Between the Church & A Hardplace: Is God Losing Traction with Millenials?

Surprising of not,  a new book by Penguin, Between a Church and a Hard Place by Andrew Park, presents some grim statistics for the effectiveness of the Christian church to connect the next generation with God.

From the Penguin blog Andrew Park writes:

“Last month, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life published a fascinating report on the religious lives of the Millennial generation….only one in four Millennials claims an affiliation with a faith, compared to 20 percent for Gen Xers in the 1990s and 13 percent for Baby Boomers in the late 1970s, and fewer than one in five Millennials say they go to church regularly.”

What do you think is the cause of this downturn?

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3 Responses to Between the Church & A Hardplace: Is God Losing Traction with Millenials?

  1. dan says:

    isn’t 1 in 4 25%?
    isn’t 25% > both 20 &13%?
    confused in caribou…

  2. Steven White says:

    Lack of true community and lack of mission. I also see a real lack in discipleship. Very few men are willing to listen and learn from younger men or women. The youth just do not fit and we the church have not created a place for them to be a vital part of the community.

  3. Kari says:

    I think maybe it’s because they (us?) grew up in a legalistic Christian movement mostly full of people who wanted everything to look good on the outside and were too scared to look at things that were really happening to people. That’s my excuse anyway. I consider myself to be spiritual, but hate going to church. MPLS was the exception to this for us, btw. I’m reading one of Barna’s books right now that shares statistical figures on the roles of parents of “spiritual champions” and one of the things they all did was consistently take their kids to church. I wonder about this…? I guess it’s just ONE thing in the list of several though.

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