If you have teens at your house, it is quite likely they will be leaving the church in the next few years. A recent study by Lifeway Research found that Two-thirds of American young adults who attended 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. The five most frequently chosen specific reasons for dropping out were: moving to college and no longer attending (34 percent); church members seeming judgmental or hypocritical (32 percent); no longer feeling connected to people in their church (29 percent); disagreeing with the church’s stance on political or social issues (25 percent); and work responsibilities (24 percent).
On the bright side, among those who dropped out for at least a year, one third are back attending twice or month or more. And the majority said that while their church attendance diminished most are choosing to keep many of the beliefs they had.
Do you have a teen that is struggling in church today or a teen that has left the church? Send us your story by either sending me a message or you can always post to our prayer wall.