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Love Language ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, February 19, 2011 ~ Featured Resource ~ Generation Ex-Christian Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back author Drew Dyck ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman ~ Hosts Gary Chapman Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry


Generation Ex-Christian Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back
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Drew Dyck
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Generation Ex-Christian
Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back

 

Generation Ex-Christian
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"Young people aren’t walking away from the church-they’re sprinting. According to a recent study 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22 years old. Unlike older church dropouts, these “leavers” are unlikely to seek out alternative forms of Christian community such as home churches and small groups. When they leave the church, many leave the faith as well.

Generation Ex-Christian addresses what may be the church’s largest challenge: the exodus of young people from the faith. Drawing on recent research and extensive interviews, the book brings readers face to face with young “leavers” and provides battle-tested counsel on engaging them in relevant, life-changing conversations about God."

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Publisher: Moody Publishers

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"DREW DYCK is the editorial manager of the ministry team at Christianity Today International. His responsibilities include editing four online publications, including BuildingChurchLeaders.com, a ministry site that attracts 100,000 monthly visitors. Drew holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to Christianity Today he was the editor of New Man magazine. He and his wife, Grace, live in Carol Stream, Illinois and attend Jericho Road Church."


Chapter 1 of "Generation Ex-Christian"

My friend Abe was raised as a Christian, but abandoned his faith during college.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said with a shrug. “I just left it.”
When I heard about Abe’s “deconversion,” my mind jumped to the last time I’d seen him...
click here to read the rest of chapter one for free!


Six Kinds of Ex-Christians
Drew Dyck

Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to interview dozens of ex-Christians for my book, Generation Ex-Christian. No two people walk away from the faith for exactly the same reasons. However, I witnessed some patterns emerge. The following list introduces six different kinds of “leavers.” I’ve assigned them names based on the primary factors that led them away from the faith.

These groupings are not scientifically precise; they are tools meant to help us determine why people abandon the faith, and enable us to address their specific concerns. Factors that lead people away often serve as the barriers that prevent their return. As you read this list, think of young people you know who have walked away. Do any of these descriptions sound familiar?

1) Postmodern Leavers reject Christianity’s exclusive claims and moral absolutes. Personal experience—not objective truth—guides them. They care about the poor and oppressed, but feel that Christian faith is too narrow.

Characteristic language: "Logic comes from the Western philosophical tradition. I don't think that's the only way to find truth.

2) Recoilers have been hurt by Christians, often ones they regarded as spiritual authorities. God is guilty by association. These leavers may cite intellectual doubts as the reason for their departure, but deep hurts and psychological scars are what really caused them to abandon the faith.

Characteristic language: “If God is love, why did someone hurt me in his name?”

3) Modern Leavers completely reject supernatural claims. Miracles don’t happen. God is a delusion. Heaven is pie in the sky. They have no problem with truth claims and will readily argue their convictions. But any truth beyond the reach of science is dismissed as superstition.

Characteristic language: "Religion is irrational nonsense. If the Bible is true why are there no miracles today?"

4) Neo-Pagans trade Christian faith for earth-based spiritualities such as Wicca. Not all actually  cast spells or participate in pagan rituals, but they deny the reality of a transcendent God and see earth as the ultimate source of true spirituality.

Characteristic language: “Earth is a goddess. I encounter her sacred presence in the water, wind and trees.”

5) Rebels are stubborn and strong-willed. They find it difficult to submit to God’s authority and don’t want anyone telling them what to do. They may even hold basic Christian beliefs, but the temptation to engage in sinful behavior and the desire for autonomy cause them to push God away.

Characteristic language: “I can’t stand having someone control me. I just want to have a good time.”

6) Drifters do not suffer intellectual crises or consciously leave the faith; they simply drift away. Sometimes this process takes years and usually happens after leaving the Christian environment of their youth. Over time God becomes less and less important until one day he’s no longer part of their lives.

Characteristic language: “I grew up a Christian, but I don’t really practice the faith anymore. God just seems irrelevant to my life now.”

I realize that this list isn’t perfect or comprehensive. Have you encountered other kinds of ex-Christians? What categories would you use to describe them?




Love Language ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, February 19, 2011 ~ Featured Resource ~ Generation Ex-Christian Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back author Drew Dyck ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman ~ Hosts Gary Chapman Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry




Building Relationships Radio

Saturday, February 19, 2011



Featured Resource

Generation Ex-Christian
Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back

Drew Dyck 


Building Relationships 

With

Dr. Gary Chapman


Host

 Gary Chapman Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry



Building Relationships Radio

 Generation Ex-Christian

Saturday, February 19, 2011



Young people aren’t walking away from the church, they’re sprinting. Why? And what can you do to help bring them back? On this episode of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, author Drew Dyck shines a light on the crisis. Are slick services and edgy outreach the answer? Or could it be something more to reach Generation Ex-Christian? Don’t miss it!

Featured Resource: Generation Ex-Christian Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck

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