Growing Up Christian: Why Young People Stay in Church, Leave Church, and (Sometimes) Come Back to Church (Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2010).
What happens to Christian teenagers when they grow up? Parents, grandparents, pastors, and youth workers want to know. How many retain their Christian faith and church involvement as they grow? How many drop out of church or out of faith, and how many of them eventually make their way back? The answers are surprising, but not unattainable for any church willing to change.
John Bowen worked with teenagers in a Christian leadership program for almost twenty years. Some years later, he did some research to find out where they were at in terms of faith. His new book tells the stories—always eye-opening, often poignant, and sometime hilarious—of over 300 of them.
Some of the respondents are still involved in faith and church. Others have given up on both. A good number still consider themselves Christian but have dropped out of church life. A surprising number have had time away from church and have now returned. And many have changed denominations.
Growing Up Christian is available through CRUX Books at Wycliffe College.