unChristian: When Christians Stopped Looking Like Jesus- Part 1- Introduction: Students and Young Adults Are Leaving the Church

We live in a culture in the United States where most students are involved in some sort of church experience during their childhood and early teens but seem to lose any connection with the church when they reach their later high school years and go off to college.  There are so many statistics that make us cringe about the students walking away from their faith.  The current generation of teens and young adults has been described by researchers as one of the most spiritual generations in decades.  So the question is why does such a spiritual generation want nothing to do with the church?  This is a question that I have been struggling with over the last several years seeing friends who I grew up with walk away from the church and my own disillusionment with the church.  I recently discovered a book that is willing to step up and address the issues involved.  This is a book by Barna Research group’s David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons called unChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity…and Why It Matters.  Over the next few days, I will be diving into the research from this book and offer some suggestions to how each and every one of us, myself included, can more accurately display the heart of Jesus to a watching world.  I feel like the key issue in students leaving the church is that they look at the Bible at the life and priorities of Jesus and then look at the Christians that they know and do not see the people that claim to follow Jesus truly living like Jesus.  For more information about the research or to get your copy of unChristian, check out the website.