Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith. . . and How to Bring Them Back

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Young people aren’t walking away from the church—they’re sprinting. According to a recent study by Ranier Research, 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22 years old. Barna Group estimates that 80 percent of those reared in the church will be “disengaged” by the time they are 29 years old. Unlike earlier generations of church dropouts, these “leavers” are unlikely to seek out alternative forms of Christian community such as home churches and small groups. When they leave church, many leave the faith as well.

Drawing on recent research and in-depth interviews with young leavers, Generation Ex-Christian will shine a light on this crisis and propose effective responses that go beyond slick services or edgy outreach. But it won’t be easy. Christianity is regarded with suspicion by the younger generation. Those who leave the faith are often downright cynical. To make matters worse, parents generally react poorly when their children go astray. Many sink into a defensive crouch or go on the attack, delivering homespun fire-and-brimstone sermons that further distance their grown children. Others give up completely or take up the spiritual-sounding “all we can do is pray” mantra without truly exploring creative ways to engage their children on matters of faith. Some turn to their churches for help, only to find that they frequently lack adequate resources to guide them. This is where Generation Ex-Christian will lend a hand. It will equip and inspire parents, church leaders, and everyday Christians to reawaken the prodigal's desire for God and set him or her back on the road to a dynamic faith. The heart of the book will be the raw profiles of real-world, young ex-Christians. No two leavers are identical, but upon close observation some categories emerge. The book will identify seven different kinds of leavers (the postmodern skeptic, the drifter, the neopagan, etc.) and offer practical advice for how to connect with each type. Shrewd tips will also intersperse the chapters alerting readers to opportunities for engagement, and to hidden landmines they must sidestep to effectively reach leavers.

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DREW DYCK is the managing editor of Leadership Journal at Christianity Today International. Drew holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to Christianity Today he was the editor of New Man magazine. He and his wife, Grace, live in Carol Stream, Illinois and attend Jericho Road Church.

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“Simply the best guide on the varieties of unbelief in the postmodern era. Not only does Generation Ex-Christian compassionately diagnose the ways people flee and fight God, but Drew Dyck wisely counsels his readers on how to best communicate and model the beauty, truth, and compassion of the Gospel to each variety of unbelief. The book captivated me from beginning to end.”

—Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church

“Drew guides us through the blur of the forest's edge, and crouches down to point out the various root causes of why young people are deserting the Christian faith. By exposing our overgeneralizations, this book helps us to respond with love, truth, and grace—one person at a time.”

—James Choung, author of True Story

“Many of us have had the heart-wrenching experience of watching someone we love abandon their walk with God. In fact, young people are leaving the Christian faith at an alarming and unprecedented rate. In this insightful and important book, which I nearly finished in a single sitting, Drew Dyck delves into the reasons for this phenomenon, giving us six different categories of leavers and practical ways to re-engage them. A compelling read for anyone involved with today’s youth.”

—Felicity Dale, House2House Ministries and co-author of The Rabbit and the Elephant

"As a 20-something I struggle with watching my peers leave the church one-by-one. Generation Ex-Christian is a great tool to better understand the needs of young adults. Don't wait for another young person to leave the church. Pick up your copy today!"

—Renee Johnson, author of Faithbook of Jesus and creator of Throw Mountains.

“Every person that leaves the church has a story—it’s often complicated and interwoven with a myriad of life experiences. Dyck unwindsthese multifaceted stories and carefully explains why young adults drift from God. You will recognize many of Dyck’s portraits. They are people in your life—your neighbors, family, and friends. He reveals the emotional backdrop of why people wander from faith. This book will help you find ways to journey with people and help guide them back to the one, true story that matters most.”

—Sam Rainer, president of Rainer Research and author of Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

"What Drew does here is take something that people of faith are often scared to think about, something that people of faith need to think about, and make us face the problem. Then he provides real insight into why young people leave and gives guidance on how to engage them."

—Josh Riebock, author of mY Generation

“Drew Dyck wants to help people who once were found, but now are lost. He paints detailed portraits of those who've left the church and the Christian faith in all their complexity. But he doesn't write as a disinterested documentarian merely cataloguing the reasons for their departures. Generation Ex-Christian is ultimately about bringing 'leavers' back to faith. He offers unlikely but welcome counsel in this age of non-judgmental 'conversations' and 'journeys.' If you're longing to rescue friends, relatives, and others who've left their Christian faith, Generation Ex-Christian is for you.”

—Candice Watters, founding editor of Boundless.org
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“Simply the best guide on the varieties of unbelief in the postmodern era."
—Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church
BACK MATTER BLURBS

“Drew guides us through the blur of the forest's edge, and crouches down to point out the various root causes of why young people are deserting the Christian faith. By exposing our overgeneralizations, this book helps us to respond with love, truth, and grace—one person at a time.”

—James Choung, author of True Story

“Young people are leaving the Christian faith at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Drew Dyck delves into the reasons for this phenomenon, giving us six different categories of leavers and practical ways to re-engage them. A compelling read for anyone involved with today’s youth."

—Felicity Dale, House2House Ministries and co-author of The Rabbit and the Elephant

“Every person that leaves the church has a story—it’s often complicated and interwoven with a myriad of life experiences. You will recognize many of Dyck’s portraits. They are people in your life—your neighbors, family, and friends. This book will help you find ways to journey with them and guide them back to the one, true story that matters most.”

—Sam Rainer, president of Rainer Research and author of Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

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