Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity?

Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma. My hope in this post is to simply consolidate some of the research (many of the summaries are directly quoted) so you can decide for yourself. I’ve organized the recent findings in a way that illuminates the problem in a continually updated article found here:

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J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Homicide Detective, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC’s Dateline, Court TV and Fox News. He’s also been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award. J. Warner is also a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and has written several articles for Christian publications including the Christian Research Journal and SALVO. J. Warner is an Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at BIOLA University. Find him on the web at www.coldcasechristianity.com.

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