Here is another post borrowed from Steve Murrell's blog on a similar theme as yesterday's post …
This list is similar, but a bit different. Over 90% of drop outs happen during a “life change” season. Many of the top 10 “life change” moments that fueled the drop out seem mundane. But, when a person is in the process of fazing out of church, almost anything can become the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Here are the top 10 “life changes” that cause young people to quit church:
10. Lost touch with my church-going friends 9. Family responsibilities preventing me from attending 8. Made life decision not accepted by the church 7. School responsibilities preventing me from attending 6. Spending more time with friends outside of church 5. Became too busy, but still wanted to attend 4. Moved too far away from church 3. Change in work schedule 2. Moved to college 1. Simply wanted a break from church
Source: soon-to-be released book by Thom Rainer and Sam Rainer called “Essential Church”
Some reflection questions …
1. What life change experienced caused you to withdraw from church? OR
2. Why did you stay in church even through life change seasons?
For another article by Mark Sayers on why Young Adults leave church, click here.