12 October 2011

Study: Teens leave churches seen as judgmental

Study: Teens leave churches seen as judgmental, by Adelle M. Banks (USA Today News, 7 October 2011) [RNS]

Excerpts:
New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive and unfriendly towards doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has been shallow.

The findings, the result of a five-year study, are featured in You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith, a new book by Barna president David Kinnaman. The project included a study of 1,296 young adults who were current or former churchgoers.

Researchers found that almost three out of five young Christians (59 percent) leave church life either permanently or for an extended period of time after age 15. One in four 18- to 29-year-olds said "Christians demonize everything outside of the church." One in three said "Church is boring."
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