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If this doesn’t get you worked up and ready for action, I don’t know what will.

  • 88% of children raised in Christian families leave church at the age of 18, never to return (SBC).
  • A majority of adults no longer consider Christianity America’s default faith (Barna).
  • 64% of decisions for Christ are made before the age of 18, and 77% are made before the age of 21 (Barna).
  • An estimated 4% of the “bridger” generation, or Gen Y, will be Bible-believing Christians when they reach adulthood. Their grandparents’ generation: 65%. Their parents’ generation: 35%. (Bridger Generation by Thom S. Rainer).

Four percent. Four percent!!

We can’t sit back and watch this generation be stolen out of our own churches and homes. We must take action, and we must do it now, before they reach the pivotal age of 18 and make decisions about what they believe that will last for the rest of their life.

If you know anybody that needs to hear this, please pass it on. This is bigger than any of us alone, and by God’s grace, we all need to work together and rally around our young people–starting today.

These statistics are a wake up call that we can use to make people aware of the crisis that is already all around us. Let them inspire us to prayer, and to building deep, personal, and meaningful relationships with students.

Nathaniel Dame is a youth pastor coach and youth culture expert. His passion is to equip youth pastors to be the leaders that God has called them to be, and to have a deep, lasting impact on their students. He is the founder of Called to Youth Ministry and blogs at Effective Youth Ministry.

1 COMMENT

  • JesusForSinners says:

    The reason they are leaving the church is because they’re not really saved. They’ve been sold a quick-fix, worldly, “sinner’s prayer”, no-repentance salvation instead of a Biblical Gospel message. Jesus said, “Repent and believe the Gospel.” (Mark 1:15) But today’s churches are all about looking like the world, sounding like the world, being ‘cool’ like the world and Jesus is reduced to a self-help guru to make people’s lives better. So, when these kids turn 18 and discover that the world does ‘the world’ better than the church does, why would they go back? They don’t care about doctrine because they’re not taught doctrine and even if they were, they wouldn’t like it because they’re not saved! There is no regeneration (2 Cor 5:17, Titus 3:3-7)! Hardly anyone teaches repentance, even though Jesus said, “No, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.” Luke 13:3, 5. But people who love sin don’t want to turn from it. They don’t want to stop doing it. They LOVE sin because they have not been regenerated. They have not been regenerated because they have not been saved! Youth ministries are all about contemporary christian music, goatees, cool t-shirts, and skinny jeans. As long as you can get a kid in an emotional state and get them to say a sinner’s prayer while the buying temperature is hot, everyone sprains their arms patting themselves on the back and bragging about all the “decisions” they got for Christ.

    That’s the problem.

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