A photo of the Pope posing with young fans at the Vatican has gone viral on social media, with gleeful reports that it was the first ever “Papal selfie”.
The informal picture was taken on a smartphone belonging to one of the youngsters, with the camera held at arm’s length. It was then posted on social media.
If you have become interested in this topic by watching my previous post on David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me, here is a more extended interview with the author of this book.
Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author trains his researcher’s eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman’s first book showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, You Lost Me shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith. Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live “in but not of” the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime.
David Kinnaman, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith
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I also recommend on this topic the article Our (Own) Worst Enemies: Why Evangelicals Have to be Able to Criticize Each Other, which discusses the anti-intellectualism that dominates evangelicalism – one of the reasons why many youth leave our churches.
Generation Wandering by Martin E. Marty.
‘Religious’ vs, ‘spiritual’ and the wonmdering of the young generation.
A discussion by Martin Marty on the uselessness (in terms of reaching the young generation) of some contextualization strategies of contemporary churches.
I would strongly suggest that secularization is not so much an expression of the crisis of faith, as it is one of the crisis of the church (as institutionalized religion), that continues to grow more irrelevant as time goes on.
Carra Hughes Greer, minster to families with youth
at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Many 20- and 30-year-olds share a distaste toward Baptist churches. As a young minister, I believe my peers need the community and nurturing of a church. I hope the church will hear the cries of these young Christ-followers and see the value, the vision and the deep compassion they possess.
Young adults decide not to attend church for a number of reasons, but there is a particular trend among 20- and 30-year-olds that pertains to local Baptist churches. Continue reading “Why 20- and 30-year-olds are leaving the Baptist church”
6. The Priority of Youth and Children
Children and young people have been less affected by communist propaganda than the older generations. This is why, if properly trained, they will be able to accomplish for God things that we could not even dream of. Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 6”