Why They Stay & Why They Stray

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by Dr. Steve R. Parr, and Dr. Tom Crites 

Paperback: 240 pages

Do you want your children to be actively serving in the local church when they turn thirty and beyond? Why The Stay can help!

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Much has been written about younger adults and their departure from church involvement. Concerned parents and church leaders want to know what has caused them to depart. Instead of asking why young adults are leaving the church, Parr and Crites conducted a national research project of those who grew up in church and are still serving faithfully.

They studied why they have stayed and the results are compelling. You will learn as a parent, pastor, or church leader specific actions that you can take to make a definitive difference in whether or not the fifteen-year-olds attending your church now are still attending and serving when they turn thirty.

You will discover:

* Fifteen factors that make a great difference in the likelihood that children and teens will remain in church as adults
* Ten issues that make somewhat of a difference in lifetime involvement
* Five surprises that do not make as much difference as you might think the greatest gap discovered in the ministry focus of a church actions you can take as a parent that greatly increase the likelihood your       children will remain faithful to church when they are adults
* Strategies church leaders can implement that increase the probability that children and youth group members will serve in the church as adults

Why They Stay is much more than numbers and data. Parr and Crites share from their personal experiences, and the information can help you be more effective in your parenting and church leadership.


Drs. Parr and Crites take a novel approach to addressing the systemic problem of young adults dropping out of church at an alarming rate today. Rather than interview and research adults who have dropped out to determine the reasons why they have left the church, which a number of researchers have done, Parr and Crites interviewed and research the segment that have stayed and remained active in church, and sought to understand why they did when so many are not. (Lest you doubt the results and approach taken, the methodology used is detailed at the end of the book.

What they learned and processed in a very readable way is insightful and, at times, surprising. Some of the responses young adults gave are completely expected and what we might expect as a given, while others are not. From my reading, one contributing factor stands out above all else, and that is a strong and faithful family influence.

The authors do not merely present their findings and leave it at that, although that in itself would be helpful. Neither do they give a step-by-step set of instructions on how to address each problem. But they do offer helpful advice to pastors and parents on ways to assess their own particular situation and also some suggestions that can hopefully correct some of the issues churches and families are facing.

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