Title: You Lost Me. Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith
Author: David Kinnaman (from the Barna Group)
The church emphasizes creating a large number of Christians, instead of focusing on the spiritual growth of individuals (regardless of the number of individuals); this creates people with “shallow” faith, which cannot withstand the impact of being a young adult, with all of the changes and challenges that brings. “The dropout problem is, at its core, a disciple-making problem.” (page 206) And so, ministry with young adults should be relational, above all else. People who leave the church fall into three categories: nomads, prodigals, and exiles. The book discusses ways to minister to nomads, prodigals and exiles, and ends with a chapter on people who are doing this ministry “in the field.”
Martha Korienek is Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, CA.