Have you noticed less and less young people at church on Sunday? It isn’t just your imagination. Stats show young people are leaving the church. Some 59% have dropped out of church altogether. By the age of 15, they are 57% less active in church. Why, though? According to the video below posted by Christianbooks, there are many reasons for this troubling phenomenon:
They Are Not Being Heard
This video showcases many young people who previously went to church. They decided to leave church for various reasons. One of them being the feeling that they weren’t heard. Young people want to be able to ask the tough questions about faith. They want to challenge the things they have been taught. The church should respond by answering these questions. Instead, many young people feel they are instead being shut out, or criticized for having such questions. This, in turn, has led them to leave church altogether.
They Want a Conversation:
This video advertises a book that entitled “You Lost Me” written about this troubling trend. In the short video talking about the book, it shows many young people saying they want to start a conversation. They want to talk this issues out. They want older Christians to care that they aren’t happy with church the way it is today and they want their concerns addressed.
They Want Authenticity:
The younger generation of today is all about being real. They want this to carry over into their worship as well. They want to see all the behind-the-scenes going on. They want to see the real Jesus and the real Christian faith, not a polished Sunday morning version.
What the Bible Says About Young People
In 1 Timothy 4:12, the word of God says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
This verse showcases the importance God places on young people. There is no doubt that He wants the trend of their leaving places of worship to end.