Young adults certainly are more interested in Christianity than many think.
Spiritual interest is high among the younger generation. Although being spiritual does not always equate with being religious, only 18 percent said they were neither spiritual nor religious.
A majority of those surveyed (81 percent) of younger unchurched adults believe that God, or a higher supreme being, exists. Research also shows, that the theological beliefs of unchurched people in their 20’s are closer to historical Christianity than the beliefs of the older generations.
Young adults certainly are more interested in Christianity than many think. Almost 90 percent of the unchurched in their 20s would be willing to listen if someone wanted to tell them about Christianity. Three out of five would be willing to study the Bible if a friend asked them.
The date showed that they younger unchurched see Christianity as relevant and viable, but more about organized religion than loving God and people. They believe the Church is full of hypocrites and is unnecessary for spiritual development.
However, much of what they are looking for can be found in God and His Church. Our churches should be embodying authentic community, a life of depth, a responsibility to serve others and the desire to connect with other generations. The research reveals these are the very things that the younger unchurched deemed important.
The younger unchurches don’t need us to re-create our message to accomodate their needs. Rather, what they are often seeking is what we need to be doing for the Church to actually be the Church.
As I read over the findings of the research done by LifeWay Research (www.LifeWayResearch.com) I could not agree more. In my many conversations with young people ages 16 to 26 I have found a great deal of interest in both spiritual issues as well as in God Himself. And, I have found a trremendous openness to my ideas and beliefs and to what the Bible is actually saying. This in spite of the fact that many of this age group do not have even a Christian reference point from which to begin – having been brought up without ever going to Church or owning (or reading) a Bible.
Let’s take time to sit with this age group and interact. You will find them on high school and college campuses, in Tim Horton’s or other all-night coffee shops and restaurants… and you will find young men and women who will give you a fair hearing and who will ask you the tough questions as they seek for well thought out biblical responses to their many life-issues and questions.