Youth Retreat

Finding Where the Church Fails to Connect with Millennials & How We Can Reverse the Trend

Millennials have left the building. One simply cannot deny that significant numbers of people born between 1980 and 2000 (aka "millennials") are missing in many churches across America. Yes, exceptions exist—some churches brim with students and young adults. But the majority of churches in America lack young adults.

Admittedly, not all statistics seem to paint the same picture. Hence, you'll read competing articles—"Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church" versus "Have 8 Million Millennials Really Given Up on Christianity?"—each using the same data but having different analyses and prescriptions.


is the president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals, chairman of the Common Ground Christian Network, and step-mom to six kids in both the millennial and post-millennial generations. You can follow her on Twitter @carmenlaberge. She blogs on several sites including

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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