Young Canadians are leaving the church in unprecedented numbers.
This alarming information was recently released in a ground-breaking report called Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Young Canadians are Leaving, Staying and Returning to the Church.
It’s the kind of study that could demoralize Christian leaders. But for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship President Geri Rodman and her staff team, the report provides increased incentive to reach as many young people as possible for Jesus Christ.
“The statistics coming out of the Hemorrhaging Faith study are sobering,” says Rodman. “But the situation is not hopeless. In fact, we know from experience that given the right invitation and encouragement, young people will both explore and engage in the Christian faith.”
Some of the more alarming revelations in the report include the following:
- Only one in three young people, who attended church as children, still do so today.
- Of the young people who have left the church, 50 per cent no longer identify with the Christian tradition.
- More young people leave the church between childhood and adolescence than between adolescence and young adult years.
- More young men are leaving the church than young women.