In his new book, You Lost Me, researcher David Kinnaman shares why the church is losing the 18 to 29-year-old generation. He reports that 60% of these once predominately churched kids are leaving the church…many for good.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Kinnaman’s research reveals that we can reconnect and rebuild trust with young people if we commit to these three things:
Relationships – They long for real, honest relationships and real conversations with older people. Last year a group of young men at Purdue University where I’m involved with a campus ministry asked how much time I was willing to spend with them. I asked how much time they wanted, and they replied, “As much as you’ll give!”
Career – Many young people are over-stimulated and overwhelmed by our digital world and struggle to find purpose in it. They are confused and desperately need help connecting their faith, life purpose and career.
Wisdom – This is the most exposed generation to date. Many have traveled and studied internationally. All have been exposed to diverse religions, value sets and family structures. They long for perspective and are drawn to older people who will help them discern wisdom from shallow facts.
The future of the church in America rests on the boomer’s willingness to invest and reconnect with this vulnerable generation.
Are you in?