“Why do more than two-thirds of churchgoing young adult Americans leave the church? Or to ask the question positively, why do one-third of churchgoing young adult Americans stay in the church? The answer to the latter question emerged from several years of research. Young adults are likely to stay in the church if they see church as essential to their lives.“
from Essential Church? Reclaiming A Generation Of Dropouts
Broadman & Holman’s ChurchLeadershipBooks.com offers a free PDF download of this new book if you give them your email address.
Though I have scanned through the book, I have not read it completely, so I can’t make a blanket recommendation. However, it does look like the authors have diagnosed the problem accurately in the first half of the book. I think every pastor and church leader would do well to read the first half of this book as the Rainers unpack and sort out the research conducted among 18-22 year olds church drop outs. Whether the solution they offer in the second half of Essential Church is the right cure remains to be seen.
If you read the book, I’d love to know your reactions, comments, disagreements, concerns, kudos, etc. Just leave a comment, and we’ll talk about it.
[HT: Ministry Best Practices]