It is reported millennials are leaving evangelical churches and joining Anglican, Orthodox and the Catholic Churches across America. So, why the shift?
Some speculate it is the result of a generation tired of attending “PowerPoint churches” where pastors try too hard to be cool. Their pastoral uniform appears predictable at best, complete with skinny jeans, a V-neck t-shirt, and hipster glasses. Others cite unease with fog machines used during worship to create a concert-like experience for church attendees. Aside from the superficial reasons, it seems many agree millennials are hungering for stability, tradition and liturgy over signs of modernity.
In 2007, respondents to a Pew Research Poll claimed that 16.1% were unaffiliated with any church. By 2014, that number had climbed to 22.8% of respondents. In the latest poll, 35% of millennials do not claim any religious affiliation (claiming they are either agnostic, atheist or “nothing in particular”). Furthermore, in 2007, 78.4% claimed Christianity as their religion; today that number has dropped to 70.6% of the population.
It is encouraging to remember the United States remains the most Christian nation in the world. After all, 7 out of 10 Americans claim some to follow some form of Christianity. Even better, two-out-of-three Americans believe Jesus was the Son of God and rose from the dead. Yet, it is important to note that overall, older generations of Christians are not effectively passing on their faith to the next generation.
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