Millennials are the young adults who were born between 1981 and 1996. Many of them are kids who grew up in our ministries. Recent reports say they are less engaged in church. Why is this?
David Masci, who is a senior editor with Pew Research, recently sat down with Michael Hout to discuss this. Michael is a Professor of Sociology at New York University and author of the book: Century of Difference...How America Has Changed in the Last 100 Years. Here's a transcript of their conversation. It offers some great insights for church leaders.
When that happens, people who are politically liberal and not active in a particular church often put distance between themselves and organized religion by answering “none of the above” to questions about religious preference. Moderates show the same tendency, just not as clearly. As a consequence, in the most recent General Social Survey (2014), 31% of political liberals who were raised in a religion had no religious preference compared to just 6% of political conservatives.