Deep longings, deep hopes from younger adults

July 10, 2012
by Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard
Co-chair of VMC Peace Committee

Deep longings, deep hopes from younger adults

Where are all the young adults? Recent studies show that more than 50% of youth who were active in church during their high school years are not returning after graduation. Indeed, many VMC congregations are noticing this dramatic disappearance of younger participants and are wondering what is happening. Yet in the meta-crisis of a rapidly aging church, it is frequently missed that not all so-called young adults have actually flown the coop. And not many have asked the spring chickens still active why they are, in fact, sticking with church. …

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