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% 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”
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
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
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
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