According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2017, Hispanics made up the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., with 58.9 million Hispanic-Americans representing percent of our national population. This culturally diverse group has roots in a variety of Hispanic countries, the largest percentages hailing from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, among others. Over the years, Barna has kept up with Hispanic faith trends in the U.S. (and, more recently, abroad). In light of Hispanic Heritage month, observed every year from September 15 to October 15 in celebration of the cultures and histories of the American Latino community, we want to offer a general profile of Hispanic Americans today.
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."
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.