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Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church



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By Roger Dudley

ISBN: 9780828014588 | 224 pages | Review and Herald Publishing | Copyright 1999

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Between 40 and 50 per cent of Adventist youth
leave the church in their 20s.

Why? How can we keep them? How can we win them back?

This book is the culmination of a magnificent obsession. For more than ten years Roger Dudley traced the lives of 1500 teenagers as they grew up and, often, grew disillusioned. Refusing to let them leave in peace, Dudley bombarded them with questionnaires. Many of them answered. This is their story.

Dudley puts faces on the statistics by focusing in on individual case studies. He cites the heart-wrenching testimony of desperately lonely people surrounded by uncaring members. They want to belong, to be needed, to be heard, to be loved. They made some mistakes. We share their pain and their dreams, and feel the dissonant cadences of their troubled hearts.

Some who never left explain what kept them in the church. Many who left want to return. "Without God, life is hell," wrote one.

If you want to know what the youth of your church are not telling you, read this book. It includes the responses of a group of kids who were asked to design the ideal church, and an appendix explaining the causes of "adolescent heresy," the conflict spawned by the teenage struggle for autonomy.

Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church

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  • Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church

Between 40 and 50 per cent of Adventist youth
leave the church in their 20s.

Why? How can we keep them? How can we win them back?

This book is the culmination of a magnificent obsession. For more than ten years Roger Dudley traced the lives of 1500 teenagers as they grew up and, often, grew disillusioned. Refusing to let them leave in peace, Dudley bombarded them with questionnaires. Many of them answered. This is their story.

Dudley puts faces on the statistics by focusing in on individual case studies. He cites the heart-wrenching testimony of desperately lonely people surrounded by uncaring members. They want to belong, to be needed, to be heard, to be loved. They made some mistakes. We share their pain and their dreams, and feel the dissonant cadences of their troubled hearts.

Some who never left explain what kept them in the church. Many who left want to return. "Without God, life is hell," wrote one.

If you want to know what the youth of your church are not telling you, read this book. It includes the responses of a group of kids who were asked to design the ideal church, and an appendix explaining the causes of "adolescent heresy," the conflict spawned by the teenage struggle for autonomy.

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Pages 224
Author Roger Dudley
Publisher Review and Herald Publishing
Language ENG
Book Group TRA
Title Alpha Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church teens
Title Catalog Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church
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Author Code 1587
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Year Published 10/13/1999
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Roger Dudley


Roger Dudley is emeritus professor of Christian ministry at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has written more than a dozen books and countless magazine articles. For half a century his work and research concentrated on understanding teens.