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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith Kindle Edition

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Is the church losing the next generation?

Millions of young Christians are disconnecting from church as they transition into adulthood. They're real people, not just statistics. And each one has a story to tell.

"I knew from church that I couldn't believe in both science and God, so that was it. I didn't believe in God anymore."--Mike

"When I write a song that's not used in a way that every Christian agrees on, I get hammered. What am I supposed to be using my talents for?"--Sam

"I felt like I had been punched in the stomach . . . I remember thinking on the way home, My non-Christian friends would never do that to me."--Sarah

"It just feels like the church's teaching on sexuality is behind the times."--Dennis

Now the bestselling coauthor of unChristian reveals the long-awaited results of a new nationwide study of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background. Discover why so many are disengaging from the faith community, renew your hope for how God is at work in the next generation--and find out how you can join in.

Includes ideas for passing on a flourishing, deep-rooted faith from:

Jon Acuff
Francis Chan
Shane Claiborne
Kenda Creasy Dean
Joshua DuBois
Donna Freitas
Steven Garber
Sara Groves
Gabe Lyons
Sean McDowell
Scot McKnight
Jedd Medefind
Britt Merrick
Walt Mueller
John Ortberg
Charlie Peacock
Kara Powell
Mark Regnerus
Richard Stearns
John Stonestreet
And many more

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More than half of all Christian teens and twentysomethings leave active involvement in church.

David Kinnaman trains his researcher's eye on these young believers and reveals the factors that contribute to the dropout problem. You Lost Me shows why Christians ages 18 to 29 are leaving the church and rethinking their commitment to the faith.

Based on new research conducted by the Barna Group, You Lost Me exposes ways the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live "in but not of" the world--to follow Christ in the midst of profound cultural change. This wide-ranging study debunks persistent myths about young dropouts and examines the likely consequences for young adults and for the church if we maintain the status quo.

The faith journeys of the next generation are a challenge to the established church, but they can also be a source of hope for the community of faith. Kinnaman, with the help of contributors from across the Christian spectrum, offers ideas for pastors, youth leaders, parents, and educators to pass on a vibrant, lasting faith, and ideas for young adults to find themselves in wholehearted pursuit of Christ.

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  • Publisher: Baker Books (Oct. 1 2011)
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As a youth pastor, I am overwhelmed by the number of books available outlining the current crises of the church when it comes to the Millennial generation and their exodus from the institutional church. Often these books fail to adequately describe this reality, in terms of our surrounding culture and its impact on church culture, preferring to rely on alarmist rhetoric and faulty analysis. Moreover, the answers proposed by these books do little, in my opinion, to uproot the underlying factors driving this exodus.

In addition, discussions surrounding this issue by church leadership and laity alike are often grounded in blatant ignorance at worst and baffled confusion at best. One cannot doubt the good intentions that motivate their concern for the younger generations. However, regardless of the tone of the discussion, the result is almost always the same ' an unfortunate unwillingness to listen and engage with the root causes of this exodus and a refusal to make the necessary changes in order to address the concerns of younger generations.

My youth ministry colleagues and I share similar frustrations when it comes to these kinds of discussions. Often a concerned parent, grandparent, or church leader will approach us, seeking an answer for the absence of teens and young adults in our congregations. However, their legitimate concern for youth is quickly undone with intonations of: 'This kind of behavior is typical of young people ' all they do is complain! When I was young, I did the same thing, but at least I stuck around. Young people today are too entitled ' instead of trying to be part of the solution, all they do is sulk and walk away when they don't get their own way!
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There are a lot of books in the Christian publishing industry and most of them are garbage.

It's no one's fault really, publishing is an industry and as such there is a systematic need to fill millions of pages a year with content. Christian publishing, while popular, is a microcosmic niche in comparison to the broader world of publishing and as such has a smaller number of quality producers to fill the hopper with. So what you get is a lot of filler. You get Amish romance novels that are shameful at best and Christian porn at worst. You get conspiracy minded apocalyptic writers who present subjects like eschatology in a pseudo-theological way all the while fanning the flames of racism and xenophobia creating Christians full of fear and anger.

I say all this because a book like David Kinnaman's You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church... is a refreshing glass of cool water in the dry, parched desert that Christian publishing can often be.

The book is an example of what a good non-fiction mass market text should be - it is accessible, based on solid research and best of all - well written.

Kinnaman avoids alarmist language but the message of the book is clear - the body of Christ in the western world is bleeding - badly and in a way it has never done so before in its history. Focused on a large scale study of 18-29 year old Christians the book reveals that this demographic is leaving the church...but (and this is an important but) they are not leaving faith.

Kinnaman clearly presents the proof of this and then spends time presenting the many reasons why young Christians are disengaging and unflinchingly points the finger back at you and I.
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Is the North American church overprotective, repressive, and shallow? 'UnChristian' looked at outsiders and their perceptions of the church, and what we could do to respond to these very real concerns. With 'You Lost Me', Kinnaman examines young insiders who have left disconnected from the church, giving them a voice and an opportunity for the church to respond in love.

I've been a fan of Kinnaman's work since reading unChristian - and this did NOT disappoint me. He spoke right into situations that my friends and I are living as the generation following us disconnects - and trying to find a better way through. I'm grateful that Kinnaman has tackled this topic, and think that this resource will be really helpful to pastors, lay leaders and those just interested in what is happening around them. Very accessible - not just for academics, which is also very helpful!
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This is a book that investigates why many young Christians are disconnecting from the church as they transition into adulthood.

It evaluates the beliefs of these younger churched people, and asks their perception of the church that they grew up in, as well as wonders with stories why so many of this age group are leaving the church.

It is written in an easy to read style, and caused my heart to ache for more healthy churches that can engage "Nomads, Prodigals, and Exiles" in a way that will help them to be successful at bringing God glory by engaging in the local body of Christ.

The solutions that David provides (chapter 11) are helpful, but not complete. He advises that we need to reconsider how we make disciples, rediscover Christian calling and vocation, and reprioritize wisdom over information as we seek to know God.

I would have liked to see the author express the value of the church, and a more intense passion to engage this age in building the church. I also think the book could have been improved by spending more time investigating what is lacking in the churches training of young people that seems to be turning out consumers not servants. I think as this problem is addressed it would be helpful to take a bigger picture look at the entire process Christians have in "doing church" so that this problem can be solved.

All and all a very helpful read, that seeks to show the problem and draw the reader (and the church) towards a solution.

Worth reading for all who are concerned about the next generation and their pursuit of Christ.

Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller
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