In October, David Kinnaman, president of the research company The Barna Group, published You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church … and Rethinking Faith. In his book, Kinnaman unpacks recent Barna Group findings that revealed that 59 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds "had or have dropped out of attending church after going regularly." Why? Kinnaman has identified six basic reasons: young people find the church overprotective, shallow, anti-science, repressive, exclusive, and doubtless.
Charity Singleton of The High Calling recently had the opportunity to talk with David Kinnaman about the Barna Group, his new book, and the "Mosaic" generation.
NOTE: For more on this trend and how to reach those who fall into this demographic , see our downloadable resource, "Reaching Millennials Who Leave the Faith."
To start with, could you give us an idea of the mission of the Barna Group?
The purpose of the Barna Group is to educate people about the broader culture, and we also think that ...1