The World of the Adventist Teenager
The North American Division commissioned the Institute of Church Ministry to conduct a longitudinal study of ten years to discover what proportion of young people leave the church and why. This book reports on the first two years of surveying over 1500 youth from 659 churches. The influence of home, church, and school is seen on youth attitudes and behaviors. About 27% came from divorced homes, and these were more negative than those from intact homes on things like intentions to remain an Adventist, importance of religion, and happiness with religion. Homes with regular family worship produced youth who were more positive toward church standards. About three fourths of the subjects indicated they intend to remain in the church. Agreement with church standards was the best predictor of intentions to remain. Suggestions are given for making standards more relevant. Students in Adventist academies were more positive toward religion than those in public schools, but the differences were not great in some areas. The study reveals the importance of personal relationships in holding young people. By the beginning of the third year about 5% had already left the church.
Roger Dudley; Janet Leigh Kangas
With Janet Leigh Kangas.
Books & Booklets
Parent / Informal Education