Canadian and American churches have something in common, a
disconnection between youth and their faith.
Hemorrhaging Faith is the title of a study done by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Spokesman
Rick Hiemstra tells OneNewsNow the research dealt only with young
people who were raised in the church.
"Only about half of those maintain their religious affiliation
into adulthood, and we're finding that of about one-third of young
adults who had attended church weekly as a child only about
one-third of them still attend weekly as young adults," he
Hiemstra cites one of the reasons.
"One of the things that was very important in whether they left
or stayed was whether they had an experience of God," he notes.
"So, if they had experienced God in some way, either through prayer
or through a short term mission or a Christian summer camp, then
they were far more likely to stay."
Of the young adults who no longer attend church, about half also
stopped identifying themselves with the Christian tradition in
which they were raised. Among the reasons cited for backing away
from the church are perceived hypocrisy, judgmentalism and