THE YOUTH CRISIS IN AMERICA

 

DID YOU KNOW?
The American Church is LOSING the War for the Next Generation

 

 

A majority of twenty-somethings – 61% of today’s young adults – had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged.

(Most Twentysomethings Put Christianity on the Shelf…, Barna Study 2006)

Students were asked “Why did they fall away from the faith in which they were raised?”

  • “It didn’t make any sense anymore.”

  • “Some stuff is too far-fetched for me to believe.”

  • “I think scientifically and there is no real proof.”

  • “Too many questions that can’t be answered.”

(Soul Searching, Smith and Denton, 2005)

Many Fall Away Because They Do NOT Have Answers to Key Questions
  • What proof is there for God's existence?

  • If God is all-powerful and all-knowing, why would He allow evil in the world?

  • There are hundreds of religions. How do you know yours is the correct one?

  • How can the Bible be the Word of God when it has so many errors and contradictions in it?

  • If God knows everything, then why did He create the devil, knowing the devil would cause billions to suffer and die?

  • God didn't create the universe, and science will eventually prove it.

 
Knowing the Answers Can CRUSH DOUBT
Faith Defender Ministries provides the answers to these questions in Luke's books or during presentations.

This World Is Trying To Destroy YOUR Faith

What Are YOU Going To Do About It?​

 
Teens from EVERY Denomination are Leaving the Faith

50% Catholics

50% of Millennials raised Catholic no longer identify as Catholic today.  

Only 7% of Millennials raised Catholic still actively practice their faith

“Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion—and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back”

PRRI

2016

66% Protestants

Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.

Most Teenagers Drop Out of Church as Young Adults

LifeWay Research Study

2019

66% Lutherans

Congregations reported that only 1-in-3 of young people who were confirmed between 2004-2006 still worship at an LCMS church today:

Millennials and Their Retention Since Confirmation: . . .

Luthern Church Missouri Synod

2018

88% Evangelicals 

88% of the children in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18

Southern Baptist Council on Family Life report to Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention

2001

70% Southern Baptists

70% of teenagers involved in church youth groups stop attending church within two years of their high school graduation.

Remarks to the Southern Baptist . . . 

Pinkney, T.C.   2001

59% Assemblies of God

Between 50% and 66.7% of Assemblies of God young 
people who attend a non-Christian public or private university will have left the faith 
four years after entering college.

Dayton A. Kingsriter 

2007

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