If Church Membership is not the Metric for Young People, What is?
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by National Catholic Reporter. You can see an excerpt of the article in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
“There is no reason to fret. The Holy Spirit is always creative,” said Koneck, who is herself a millennial and formerly worked for Springtide Research Institute, which focuses on young people ages 13-25.
Koneck acknowledged what we already know about millennials and Generation Z: They don’t trust institutions, skepticism is their default attitude, and they are leaving or never joining churches at higher rates than ever.
Yet even among the unaffiliated or “nones”: 19% attend religious gatherings at least once a month; 38% say they are religious and 60% say they are at least slightly spiritual.
But even these questions about religious gatherings and “religious” and “spiritual” don’t acknowledge that these and subsequent generations are “doing religion” differently, if they are doing it at all, Koneck said.
“Stats about disaffiliation are great for hand-wringing, but not that helpful for understanding young people,” she said.