From the "Tell me something I didn't already know" file:
Protestant churches are losing young adults in "sobering" numbers, a survey finds. Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research.
And 34% of those said they had not returned, even sporadically, by age 30. That means about one in four Protestant young people have left the church.
This August 6, 2007 USA Today article goes on to say:
Just over half (51%) of Protestant young people surveyed (both the church dropouts and those who stayed on in church after age 22) saw church members as "caring" or had other positive descriptions, such as "welcoming" (48%) or "authentic" (42%).
Among dropouts, nearly all (97%) cited life changes, such as a move. Most (58%) were unhappy with the people or pastor at church. More
than half (52%) had religious, ethical or political reasons for quitting.
Dropouts were more than twice as likely than those who continued attending church to describe church members as judgmental (51% for
dropouts, 24% for those who stayed), hypocritical (44% vs. 20%) or insincere (41% vs. 19%).
Check out the full article here.