Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Church Drop Outs October 1, 2007

Filed under: church,Family,Leadership,Ministries,Youth — Sam George @ 3:29 am

The 20-something folks are not going to church anymore. We saw this trend among Indian churches in America. According to our research for Coconut Generation book, people in their 20s are lowest in attendance in many churches. See my article – Why they are not coming to Church?

I read Sarah Cunningham’s book Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation (Zondervan, 2006) and realized that it is not just the issue with immigrant churches alone. Todays 20-something are generally disillusioned with the organized institutional religious gathering. Read her interview with Leadership Journal.

Sarah calls herself  a “provoactive insider” than a “friendly outside.” She believes in “keeping the faith” and “tradition.” A 28-year-old PK (pastor’s kid) and former megachurch staffer now teaches high school history and is part of a house church now.

Many of these 20-something are turning to informal, unstructured, homebased worship and fellowship. Isn’t how the church was in the first place? Is this tendency to head out of denominations (even non-denominational bodies as well) and gravitate toward churchless christianity something that church leaders be worried about? Is there a risk of corruption of beliefs, lack of authority, deterioration of quality of worship & teaching, poor governance etc?

Is this a threat to church or a new trend to watch out for? Let me know what you think.


2 Responses to “Church Drop Outs”

  1. elderj Says:

    Perhaps it is a “threat” but then again it may be the first steps towards a radical reformation of church altogether… which will mean lots of missteps along the way that will hopefully lead to a more vibrant church life. I would interested to know how this phenomenon is playing out in the 2/3rds church world, where most of the growth, and arguably the future of Christianity predominantly lies.

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