What a Difference a Generation Makes

After the Baby Boomers by By Robert Wuthnow Princeton Univ. Press. 312p $29.95
The second conclusion is that religious congregations have not done a very good job in attracting and finding out the spiritual needs of the unchurched group of young adults (or irregular attendees). Sociological evidence suggests that religion has far more beneficial than harmful effects. For regular church attendees, it helps to discourage teenagers from using drugs and helps parents be better mothers and fathers and keep marriages intact.

It would be hard to fault Wuthnows contention that American congregations need to focus more intentionally on ministries to young adults (instead of investing so heavily in programs for children, parents and the elderly). Religious leaders need to reflect much more seriously on what might attract more young adults to church.

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