Young Church-Goers Declining?

While many are currently giving something up for Lent, a new report shows many young people have long given church up altogether.

There may be fewer young faces in church congregations these days.

A new report from Pew Forum says the Millenial generation--which is those ages 18 to 29 --is less connected to church than prior generations were at the same age.

Twenty-one year old Justin Fletcher said, "I would like to continue and maybe in the future be more religious. But, as of right now, it's just a little difficult with trying to balance school and social life."

The report says 18 percent of Millenials say they attend worship at least once every week; versus 21 percent of Generation Xers--those born between 1965 and 1980--when they were in their twenties; and 26 percent of Baby Boomers--at that age.

Tallahassee resident Vicky Chavis is a Baby Boomer. She said, "In my younger years, yes, I did go to church. As a matter of fact, I grew up right next door to the church. When I became an adult I sent my son to Sunday School and church, also."

The survey says Millennials are signifcantly more likely than young adults in earlier generations to say they don't identify with any religious group.
Eighteen year old Nohelia Orozco said, "I personally am spiritual, but I don't really want to put myself in a box and identify with a specific religion."

Although Millenials may be less connected to church, the report says they're still just as spirtiual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages.

Twenty year old Robbie Clarke said, "I still believe I still need to pray and read the Bible just like any other Christian."

Twenty-one year old Kingsley Clawson said, "I think religion in my personal perspective, especially in my life is something very important."

Many young people say they may not be in the pew, but their beliefs are still strong in their hearts.

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  • by cherry on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    Rick, that last sentence of yours was kind of hypocritical. A true christian doesn't judge someone who doesn't go to church or even someone who does go to church but doesn't apply the principles outside of church. I have been to many churches in my life and have realized that the best churches are the small ones that are more like a family. They don't judge in the slightest way and are always friendly. All they want you to do is come to church. Nothing is really forced down your throat.
  • by Max on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    religion is the downfall of society, the more educated people are the easier it is to see through the fascism of religion. People have stopped believing in fantasy and fairy tales like spitirs, demons, and the undead.
  • by LetMyPeopleGo Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    Go to "christian" websites FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, ONENEWSNOW and you will see why church (with a few exceptions) has become a place of hatefulness, ignorance, hypocrisy and an ugly distortion of the message of Jesus.
  • by Rick Location: Thomasville on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    Church is a great place to hear the word of god, have fellowship with other believers, develope new friendships, and many time even have a good sunday night church supper that is free. There is still a wonderful generation of young people who attend church because there only hope is in Jesus. The world will let you down, but, Jesus will lift you up. Don't go to a dry church, but, go to a church that is preaching and teaching the uncomprimised Word of God. Just hearing the word of god isn't enough, you must apply the principles that are being said from the pulpit, then you will see God move in your life. If you don't apply the principles, you might as well just stay home and burn in hell.
  • by dee Location: quincy,fl on Feb 18, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    i go to church every tuesday and sunday. the way the world is going i dont think i want to be out of church. i think if they put God back into the schools and kids start going back to church. the world will have a dramatic change
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