Why America’s Churches Have Lost an Entire Generation

March 5, 2009

Nationwide polls and denominational reports show the next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith.

What are those factors causing the next generation to be lost from local churches? Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis commissioned Britt Beemer from America’s Research Group to find out. In the first scientific study of its kind, Beemer surveyed a thousand 20-30-year-olds who used to regularly attend evangelical churches, but have since left them behind. The results are not just surprising.

They are shocking:

  • Those who faithfully attended Sunday School are more likely to leave the church than those who do not
  • Those who regularly attended Sunday School are more likely to believe that the Bible is less true
  • Over half of those who faithfully attended church feel that church is not relevant to real life today

Statistics reveal a huge disconnect taking place between our children and their church experience. The trends are frightening, but Already Gone shows how to fight back for our families, our churches and our world. Teaming relevant statistical data with powerful apologetics, Ham and Beemer show we can make a difference today that will affect the statistics of tomorrow.

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16 Responses to “Why America’s Churches Have Lost an Entire Generation”

  1. Arleen Says:

    You all seem to have missed a very important problem and reason why our children are leaving Christianity. It was soon noticed that several translations of the Bible are used , not only in this book, but also in others. This definately causes doubt about the reliability of the word of God. It causes confusion and serious questions in the minds of especially the young. And rightly so. Without going into long detail, I have been saved for over 35 years now, and worked on and off with youth, and can assure you that this is one major reason for our youth to leave. i.e. Is my bible (KJV) the pure word of God????? If not, why bother.

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