Why Youth Leave the Church

Read this article, featuring ground-breaking new research on youth and the Canadian Church.

This article first appeared in Faith Today magazine.

“Hemorrhaging Faith identifies four major reasons why youth find Church worthwhile and stay in or return to it. These “drivers” to church involvement are: Spiritually Engaged Parents; Experienced God; Vibrant Community and Empowering Teaching and Beliefs. Each driver has an evil twin of course, a “barrier” identified as a factor that keeps youth away. They are: Spiritually Disengaged Parents; Un-experienced God; Stagnant Community and Restrictive Teaching and Beliefs….”

1 thought on “Why Youth Leave the Church”

  1. My parents have been a great influence which has encouraged me to stay connected in the church. I am very grateful for the love and support they have given me. I attend a church in PEC and they are great at providing programs for kids to teenagers that help them stay connected to the church is a way they enjoy. Thank you for sharing this.

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