Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley, in their book, present results and reflection from a national study on the spiritual lives of American twentysomethings, funded by a Lilly Endowment.
The statistical decline in the American church is an ever-present anxiety. Each time there is new research published about the church in America it gives us new figures to share ominously from the pulpit while we admonish a hastened and hasty discipleship.
When I talk to my fellow Gen Z’s about their church attendance, the most common answer involves the difficulty of making the decision to go.
The evidence is indisputable—we are entering unchartered territory in the history of the American church, and perhaps it would help to understand the motivating factors for Gen Z.
Church leadership bodies are forced to ask questions to which there is no easy solution: “How much time away is too much time away from the church to be able to serve in a leadership position?”