70 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds who attended a church for at least a year during high school stopped attending church during the crucial decision-making years following high school. That's according to a study just released by a Christian Resources of more than 1,000 young adults. Researchers found two major contributing factors behind this common church departure:
1. life changes
2. a lack of personal relationships in the church
While 30 percent of those who left the church said they made a conscious decision to leave after high school, the majority surveyed attributed their disassociation to either work responsibilities, moving away from their home church or moving on a college campus.
The survey found that the majority of young adults who remained in church between age 18 and 30 felt attending church was a vital part of their lives, as well as a helpful factor in their decision-making.
Relationships are often the glue that keep people in church or serve as the attraction to begin attending again following a period of absenteeism Many people are deeply influenced by friends and loved ones.
Young adults desire the same thing as any other demographic group relationship. Establish that crucial foundation while they're in high school and you're likelier to keep them in church. To remain in church, a person must have experienced the value of the teaching and relationships at church and see the relevance for the next phase of life.
I know this to be true because my son who is 24 stop going to church when he was 16. I got tired of fussing on Sunday morning about get up get dress.
He would set with the other youth and sleep. One day I looked around my old church and most of the young adult were gone. Our young adult choir became smaller and smaller. What do you think? Why do our young adults leave the church for a period of time and what can we do to keep them from leaving?