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"Grace & Mercy (Tuesday) Why DO Young Adults Leave The Church?

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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 be…