This is especially true among those in the twenty-something age bracket. Ed Stetzer’s research discovered, “The percentage of 20-somethings attending weekly worship services has been rising since 2000, after a serious dip in the mid-1990s.” Stetzer went on to conﬁrm, “The 2008 data showed another uptick, bringing attendance among evangelical 20-somethings back to what it was in 1972. Among non-evangelicals there was indeed a decline.”
It appears that massive numbers of young adults are abandoning non-evangelical churches and being drawn to evangelical ones. Stetzer concludes, “Listening to some commentators, you might conclude that young adults had left the church. But that is not what the data tells us.” Many young adults who were not completely committed to the Christian faith have stopped identifying themselves as Christians. At the same time, a smaller number of young adults have become more committed to their faith, but they are expressing it through involvement in churches that are more evangelical in theology. This results in a statistical decline overall but a much more passionate faith for those who remain.
Adapted from Terry Dorsett’s book, Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation through the Small Church, published by CrossBooks, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources.