We keep saying millennials are leaving the church, but before we start discussing why that is, let's take a look at the numbers prompting researchers to make such a claim.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 68 percent of millennials actually claim to be Christian (43 percent Protestant), but when compared to other age groups, that number is pretty small. For example, 88 percent of 60+ year olds are Christian.
Twenty five percent of millennials say they're unaffiliated — or nones. Ten years ago, about 16 percent of young adults claimed to be unaffiliated. Don't forget “nones” are still being defined by researchers. “Nones” don't' necessarily mean atheist or agnostic.
Millennials, by the way, for this research are those born 1980 or later.
Interestingly, it seems millennials may be checking “other” more often on the demographic surveys, but worship attendance is down across the board. Only 39 percent of the religious population reported that they attend a worship service every week. People (all ages) pray (58 percent) and meditate (39 percent) more often than they go to church.
So, now that we have some figures to look at, why do you think millennials aren't in the pews as often as grandma and grandpa? Take the survey above or leave a comment below (or both!).
We'll be discussing this topic further at our next Coffee Talk at 10 a.m., Sept. 7 at Revel 77. Hope to see you there!
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