I read the complete report and noticed this: “Most Americans have a period of time during their teen years when they are actively engaged in a church youth group. However, Barna’s tracking of young people showed that most of them had disengaged from organized religion during their twenties.”
This is what I’ve noticing for five years since the kids i worked with in youth group went off to college or to work. In fact, they left the group (and apparently the church forever) when they got their driver’s licenses.
I wrote Mike Yaconelli of Youth Specialties about this after his article:
It’s the one you commented on in another of your posts.
And he wrote the “apology article” that quoted my letter. And we were talking about how to rethink youth groups the very week he died. Now there’s no one interested in rethinking things. It’s really a shame. But of course, the very nature of reaching large groups runs counter to Jesus’ approach.