Why Young People Stay In Church
- By Sam George
- Published 02/25/2008
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
We all have seen many studies on young people who have dropped out of immigrant churches. Ever wonder if those of next generation who stay in the church, why they do? Or those who dropped out, if they ever join another church, what makes them stay there?
According to a recent study by LifeWay Research, the most common reasons young people keep attending churches are:
a) Church is vital to a relationship with God (65%)
b) They want church guidance in everyday life decisions (58%)
c) It helps them become a better person (50%)
d) They are committed to the purpose and work of the church (42%).
Two-thirds of the teens who stay in church as young adults describe the church as “a vital part of my relationship with God”– demonstrating the importance of each teen having a strong relationship with God, as well as the importance of church attendance.