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Churches could win back teens like me if they were more welcoming and less judgmental

August 22, 2019

[USA Today] Opinion piece by Stacia Datskovska

Church should offer more open-ended resources such as meditation, discussion groups and even nature walks. Let teens come to God in their own way.

…From the standpoint of teens like me, many Christian denominations are too deeply rooted in tradition. Whatever this “tradition” comes dressed as, we find it a turnoff…

…Teen religious disillusionment is more prevalent than ever. Today’s teens are the first generation to be called “post-Christian,” meaning they lack a sense of Christian identity. Last year, when Barna Group asked why, 17% of the churchgoing 13- to 18-year-olds in the survey said church is too much of an exclusive club for them to relate to positively….

…However deep-rooted and unalterable these attitudes toward the church seem, there’s actually great potential for inclusive policies to work. …

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