More younger adults are committed to Christ but don’t attend church – study by Ian M Giatti for Christian Today
GNN Note – Might have something to do with the attitude of a lot, not all, but a lot of “pastors” in the church today – if we need help they explain that we should turn to God. When they need help they ask for our money. / END
A strong majority of Generation Z and Millennials who say they have made a personal commitment to Christ do not attend church in person or online at least once a month, according to a new study.
The August edition of the “State of the Bible: USA 2022” report from the American Bible Society finds that 40% of Generation Z adults ages 18 and over attend church “primarily online.” They were followed closely by 36% of churchgoers ages 77 and up.
However, the report suggests that among Gen Z and Millennials who have made a meaningful commitment to Jesus, about 66% do not attend church either in person or online at least once a month.
The study produced 2,598 responses from a representative sample of adults 18 and older within all 50 states and the District of Columbia collected from January 10-28, 2022.
Gen Z is defined as those ages 10 to 25 in 2021, while Millennials were defined as ages 26 to 41 in 2021.
While more than half (54%) of all adults up to age 57 said they have “made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today,” fewer than a third of those in the three youngest generations who have made that commitment are “practicing” Christians.
“This should challenge every Christian and ministry leader to intentionally cultivate relationships with their younger neighbors, who are often seeking security and hope amidst ever-increasing anxiety,” said John Farquhar Plake, director of ministry intelligence for the American Bible Society. “It’s our prayer that every generation is able to meaningfully connect with the Word of God, engaging with it as a way of life and actively living out their faith in community.”