Rarely a week goes by without some new…

Rarely a week goes by without some new poll regarding the shifting religious landscape in America. But when I picked up the latest Christianity Today and reviewed the “Gleanings”, one thing jumped off the page and surprised me. Under the heading “Americans love to switch religious teams” was a sub category labeled those “most likely to become unaffiliated”. It listed the four leading groups as, Congregationalists 28%, Episcopalians 27%, Presbyterians 25% and nondenominational 25%. I wasn’t in the least surprised at the first three, but the last caused me to pause. Why would we (and other nondenonminationals) be losing those raised in our churches at such a high rate. I know this is a catch-all for a lot of various groups, nevertheless look around! Does anyone have an idea why we lose so many of our young? Are there some precautions we can take more than we are doing? Is there some strategy we have overlooked?