The Top 10 Reasons Kids Leave the Church

This is an interesting article on why our kids will leave the church.  Think this is not true?  Think again.  The statistics are staggering:

The statistics are jaw-droppingly horrific: 70% of youth stop attending church when they graduate from High School. Nearly a decade later, about half return to church.


Let that sink in.

There’s no easy way to say this: The American Evangelical church has lost, is losing, and will almost certainly continue to lose OUR YOUTH.

For all the talk of “our greatest resource”, “our treasure”, and the multi-million dollar Dave and Buster’s/Starbucks knockoffs we build and fill with black walls and wailing rock bands… the church has failed them.

And if you don’t have time to read the article, here are the top ten reasons:

10. The Church is “Relevant”

9. They never attended church to begin with

8. They get smart

7. You sent them out unarmed

6. You gave them hand-me-downs

5. Community

4. They found better feelings

3. They got tired of pretending

2. They know the truth

1. They don’t need it

These might seem a bit offensive to some.  Check out the link and feel free to email me about it.  

2 Responses to “The Top 10 Reasons Kids Leave the Church”
  1. Ashlyn Cousins says:

    I think this article is spot-on. My youth group growing up in Fla had a hundred kids & tons of fun. But if you look at the group now (25 yrs later), I believe only a handful of us attend church and even less are really involved and committed to walking with Christ. What a wasted opportunity! I pray God to use our Church to be truly effective in changing our kids hearts & minds, thoroughly equipping them for what I believe will be a strong challenge to their faith when they leave our homes.

  2. Katie Earle says:

    Thanks for setting up this site for our youth and Palmetto Hills’ parents.

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