It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; to talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. So, after lots of hours spent in coffee shops and after buying a few lunches, here are the most common thoughts taken from dozens of conversations. I hope some of them make you angry.
Like most kids, he loved the songs, his teachers, and playing with his friends. He could clearly remember the summer of third grade during Vacation Bible School when he gave his whole heart to Jesus. He was baptized shortly after. He had a child-like faith. He knew Jesus loved him and would walk with him throughout his life.
By Marc Yoder. We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church.
Why do young American Catholics leave the church? In January, St. The emphasis is on narrative, so the report includes stories told by young ex- Catholics— of them—explaining their decisions to exit. The research goal was pastoral: By hearing youthful voices, and taking seriously what they have to say about why they leave, the church might come up with more meaningful strategies for keeping them engaged. When juxtaposed with other survey data and contemporary scholarship on the topic, the St.