1. The Silent and Boomer Generations have not been successful at passing the Christian faith on to succeeding generations in a way that church is a priority in their lives.
2. The Silent and Boomer Generations are not offering ministries or programs that meet the needs, interests, or schedules of persons under 50 years old.
Data also supports other conclusions. One is:
There just isn’t enough interest in young adults, children, and/or youth in current congregations … at least not enough to be felt by those persons.
I typically turn to two primary research groups to try to understand why current generations are leaving and staying away from the church. These are:
1. The Barna Group: which includes its research division, the Barna Research Group, a private, non-partisan, for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Issachar Companies. Located in Ventura, California. Barna Group has been conducting and analyzing primary research to understand cultural trends related to values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors since 1984.
2. The Pew Research Center: founded in 2004, is a nonpartisan American think tank which is based in Washington, D.C., providing information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world. It is rated as “Least Biased.”
A 2002 book put out by Barna stated the top 3 reasons that people do not attend or drop out of the church are:
1. Hypocritical behavior of the churched
2. Strict/inflexible beliefs
3. Nothing in particular
Interesting, people don’t see church people as living what they preach! Also, I don’t see anything here about coffee or music or technology or specifically about the pastor or what he or she is wearing!