Links about the never ending obsession with why the kids are bailing on church (one stop thread)

(Series of links to pages about declining church membership and/or the Christian faith, particularly among people under the age of 25. I might include links by older / unmarried/ mentally ill people who say they felt alienated by churches and quit, too… On second thought, I might paste some of the testimonies into a new, separate post later.)

I had no plans of making any new posts this evening, but as I was browsing the Christian Post site, I found this:

(Link): Why Are Young People Leaving Religion?

As I find more stories and reports whose authors write about or continue to pass out and faint over people under the age of 30/25 dropping out of church, I’ll add those links to this post; it has been tagged with the phrase “ageism – one stop thread” (located on the right hand side of this blog).

You may want to click that link every so often to see if I’ve added any new links.

I’ve seen many such stories over the past few years but did not think to save links to them.

I’m sorry to beat a dead horse (I talked about this issue here, among other posts), but really, I can’t fathom what all the hand wringing is about over people under the age of 25 leaving church or the faith. Perhaps I should feel concerned, but I don’t. I can’t even fake concern. (click “more” to read the rest of the post…)

I am so thoroughly disillusioned, disappointed, and disgusted by how most churches treat the never-married who are over 25/30 years old, the divorced, widowed, and childless, and how so many Christians only pay lip service to caring about people but don’t carry through, I don’t really care any more if and why people under 25 are not going to church or staying with the Christian faith.

I actually think it may be a good thing the youngsters are staying away, because if they keep attending and don’t get married by the time they’re 25 years old and have a kid or two, they will too will learn the hard way that church people are not supportive of everyone.

If I saw nearly as much concern over the alienation, neglect, and exodus of older singles leaving the church (and they are quitting, according to some sources, such as Julia Duin’s “Quitting Church” book), maybe I could muster up some concern over younger people quitting or abandoning the faith. In the meantime, I can’t be bothered.

Anyway, I’ll add any new links about this situation as I find them, so this may be a post you want to visit every couple of months or so, or, if you find links about it yourself, you may want to leave a comment below with the links.

Added May 2013, or after:

So. Christian churches are so hung up and desperate to lurin the kids, they want to consider copying off Mormons, who are not Christians??

(Link): What Can Christians Learn From the Surge in Mormon Youth Missionaries?

But are they? Mormons expect a lot from their teenagers: They ordain their young men into the ministry at age 12, expect their young people to attend seminary every day of high school, and ask them to serve in the field upwards of two years. Needless to say, we don’t.

Mormonism pushes its kids harder and takes them farther than even the most ardent Protestant youth ministry. Can you imagine a youth group that challenged each of its teenagers to meet at 6 a.m. every day of the school year to learn about Christianity? That’s exactly what Mormons do with their high-school students. We get excited if our teens gather around a pole at 7:15 a.m. to pray once a year.

More additions:

This page was featured at “Christianity Today”-

(Link): Why Young People Are Leaving the Church(1): Segregated Age Groups

Added June 2013, from “Christian Post”-

(Link): Reversing the Trend of Teens Leaving the Church: Using Climate Change to Reengage Our Youth

From July 27, 2013:
(Link): Why millennials are leaving the church – Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN

After that above piece by Evans appeared, a million more on Christian lay person blogs and professional Christian blogs, opined about it.

Here are a few examples below – seriously, the Evans’ editorial spawned about one billion posts and other editorials, and I’m only linking to five or six.

It would take me a life time to link to them all, which I am not going to do. If you want to see more, go to Google News and do a search for “millennials church” or a similar phrase.

Christian Post carried several new posts about this issue after CNN published the Evans piece.

From Christian Post (this is just one of several pages they posted about this topic):

(Link): Author’s Take on ‘Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church’ Goes Viral

By a Mormon:
(Link): Why I’m staying: replying to CNN’s ‘Why millennials are leaving the church’ by Sarah Shumway

(Link): Blogger triggers debate on American millennials leaving the Church by Timothy Fowler | August 07 2013

(Link): What Millennials Really Want From The Church – Patheos (blog)-by Frank Weathers-Aug 2, 2013

(Link): How to keep Millennials in the church? Let’s keep church un-cool. Washington Post (blog)-Aug 1, 2013

(Link): San Diego Multicultural Church Reaches Young Non-Believers With Urban Hip Hop

Link added Aug 9, 2013:
(Link): The Puritans of the 21st Century Are Under 30? Spoken Word Poet Jefferson Bethke on Why Millennials Leave the Church

(Link): San Diego Multicultural Church Reaches Young Non-Believers With Urban Hip Hop

Added Aug 23, 2013:
(Lik): What Millennials Needed From Parents and Church

Added Aug 27 2013:
(Link) Game Changer: Pastors Blame Kids’ Sports for Attendance Dips

From Sept 2013:

(Link) Millennials Suffering Their Own Style of Mid-Life Crisis? 6 Biblical Lessons to Provide Comfort

(Link): 4 Things That Can Help Stop Youth From Abandoning Their Faith

(Link): Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae Join Teen Mania’s SURGE Nationwide Event Targeting ‘Apathetic’ Youth From Christian Post

(Link): Study: Millennials Stay in Churches Focused on Being Relational

(Link): Janet Mefferd Show-9/23/2013 – Mefferd interviews some Focus on the Family guy Glenn Stanton about why Millennials leaving the church

(Link): Erwin McManus on Reaching Younger Generations: ‘The Bible Is Not an Antiquated Text’

From October 2013:

(Link): “Millennials Are Fact-checking Your Sermons”

Nov 2013:

(Link): NYC Church Planter: Young Urban Professionals Don’t See Church as Relevant to Their Lives

(Link): Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church? Addie Zierman’s New Memoir Explores Why She Left…and Returned

Jan 2014:

(Link): Are Young Evangelicals Kissing the Culture Wars Goodbye? (article)

(Link): The Church Should Not Dismiss Millennials as Selfish, Says Ministry Director at Redeemer NYC

March 2014:

(Link): Evangelist: Church Failing Millennials by Not Giving Them a ‘Cause’

April 2014:

(Link): What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

(Link): Focus on the Family to Host ‘Day of Dialogue’ National Event

      April 3, 2014|12:48 pm
    A Colorado-based family values organization will be holding a nationwide event focused on high school students discussing matters of Christian faith and morality.

(Link): What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

Off site link:
(Link): Joel Osteen Cites ‘Distractions’ as Reason Why Millennials’ Are Becoming Less Religious

(Link): Is Internet Porn to Blame for Millennials Leaving the Church?

From July 2014:
(Link): Do Evangelical Churches Have to Accept Gay Marriage to Attract Millennials?

From Oct 2014:

(Link):  The Never Ending Love Affair by The Barna Group With The Millennials

From Nov 2014:

(Link): Study Shows Millennials Turned Off by Trendy Church Buildings, Prefer a Classic Sanctuary

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