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Only 10% of Christian Twentysomethings Have Resilient Faith

In Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon, Kinnaman and his coauthor, Mark Matlock, get to know the one in 10 young Christians whom they call “resilient disciples.” But they also take a long look at three other paths taken by young adults with a Christian background. Taken together, there are four kinds of twentysomething “exiles” making their way in our current day and age, which Kinnaman calls "digital Babylon."

Church Dropouts Have Risen to 64%—But What About Those Who Stay?

In Faith for Exiles, Kinnaman and his coauthor, Mark Matlock, touch on the increase of young-adult church dropouts from 59% in 2011 to 64% in 2019. But what about the young adults who stay? We invite you to meet the one in 10 young Christians for whom we’ve coined the term “resilient disciples.” These young adults have made a commitment to Jesus and are a small, yet significant group of Christians who are running counter to the current dropout trend.

A Snapshot of Faith Practice Across Age Groups

How often do Christians attend church? What do they believe about God? Do they regularly open their Bibles? Drawing from FaithView, Barna’s new online database for city, state and national spiritual profiles, let’s take a fresh look at one of the questions we often hear as religion researchers: How do core metrics of faith look by generation, as Christians progress through age and stage of life?

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