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Breaking free from the stereotype of the disengaged teen could help churches serve them better. And as those teens age into adulthood, congregations need to be willing to work to keep them involved.

 

 

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As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion.

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Those who maintained the highest levels of religious commitment as adults adopted those habits earlier in life.

In A Faith of Their Own teens rate the personal significance of religion highly; less so the institutional part.

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