I am in the middle of reading a book that should be read by every church leader: pastor, elder, deacon, director, lay leader, etc. The book is You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman. In this book, Kinnaman explores in detail why Christians in their late teens and twenties are leaving church. Yet his is not one more “blame the church” book, of which there are already plenty. Kinnaman looks at broader cultural forces as well as the choices made by young adults. He also develops wise strategies for how the church can reconnect with young adults in a way that enriches their lives, the church, and the world.
I plan to put up a review of You Lost Me fairly soon. But, in the meanwhile, I stumbled upon an excellent interview of Kinnaman. It appears, ironically enough, at The High Calling, a website that publishes my Daily Reflections. The interviewer, Charity Singleton, helps us begin to see the depth of Kinnaman’s thinking.So, here are my recommendations:
You’ll be glad you did both things.