- 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.