Is the Church Losing the Next Generation?
More than half of all Christian teens and twentysomethings leave active involvement in church. Based on 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 worldto 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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
David Kinnaman is coauthor of unChristian, You Lost Me, and Good Faith. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with more than one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.
Aly Hawkins and her husband, Bryan Ashmore, live, write, and make music in Southern California. Aly is the author of Shine: Beautiful Inside and Out, as well as numerous articles. Married for five years, Aly and Bryan are passionate about living at the intersection of faith, art, and culture.
Table of Contents
You Lost Me, Explained 9
Part 1 Dropouts
1 Faith, Interrupted 19
2 Access, Alienation, Authority 37
3 Nomads and Prodigals 59
4 Exiles 73
Part 2 Disconnections
Disconnection, Explained 91
5 Overprotective 95
6 Shallow 113
7 Anti-science 131
8 Repressive 149
9 Exclusive 169
10 Doubtless 185
Part 3 Reconnections
11 What's Old Is New 201
12 Fifty Ideas to Find a Generation 213
The Research 245
Index of Contributors 254
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An analysis of the trend of younger Christians across the denominational spectrum departing from churches, what it means, and some thoughts about what can be done about it. The author does well at describing trends and many of the reasons behind the trends. He speaks compassionately about the challenges of getting one's bearings straight in our modern culture, and his categories of exiles, prodigals, and nomads accurately conveys the various situations in which young people find themselves. The fact that most departures from church are rooted in experiences as teenagers and is manifest in the early 20s should be something that believers should take note of and work on. Much of the analysis is good, and while the final appeal to the essentials of historic Christianity are excellent, expectations for much to change for the benefit of the younger generation may not necessarily be the best way to go, lest the church be tossed to and fro with the expectations of every successive generation. The author presents much in the book that really is just a return to the basic principles of Christianity and thus is appropriate for any generation in any period of time; likewise, there are many corrosive trends among the younger generations that do not work well for the long-term health of anything or anyone, and we should resist accommodating such trends. Nevertheless, on the whole, a critical work that ought to be considered by all those who seek to work to encourage people in their faith.
I have'nt even gotten half way through this book, and my whole perspective is already being changed by it. I'm from the mosaic generation, and I know what it means to believe that church is nolonger relevant. God has used this book to speak to me on so many levels, and I'm the better for it. If you're questioning your faith and spirituality give this book a shot.
A must-read for any church leader in a mainline denomination today. The book adds great clarity and insight to the one of the greatest challenges facing the church today.
There are a growing number of books focused on the particular characteristics of the millennial generation. This is one of the better ones. They clearly outline various reasons that current young people leave the church, and what are the primary reasons. I found their discussion of science very useful. So many churches choose to ignore the topic altogether. I wish the survey data could have been presented in a more user friendly manner. This may only be a problem with the nook version. I have not read the paper version
Thought provoking. Worth reading. Well researched and documented.