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Are the Kids Alright? EPISODE 4: Why Gen Z is Leaving the Church with Ryan Burge

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Whether you're a parent, a youth pastor, a teacher or a young person yourself, you've probably seen all of the headlines concerning Gen Z. Rates of depression and loneliness are surging, their relationship with technology is kind of troubling, and they are leaving the church in droves. We've talked about these trends a lot on the Holy Post, but we're not alone. Tenx10 is a new collaborative discipleship initiative whose mission is to make faith matter more for this younger generation. We've partnered with Tenx10 to create this series and to hear from experts in each episode about the challenges young people and those who care about them are facing. One of those experts is Ryan Burge, a political scientist, pastor, and Holy Post Pundit. He is known for his deep understanding of data about religion and 60 Minutes has called him one of the "leading data analysts on religion and politics" within the United States. Over the last few years he has written several great pieces about the religious trends among Gen Z. Phil Vischer sat down with Ryan to find out if the kids are going to be alright.

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1 Comment

Corey Pendleton
Corey Pendleton
Nov 20, 2023

I loved the data and the discussion on this episode! Ryan's last statement about institutions he would like to see reestablished and building trust in reminded me greatly of the concept of "Confessional Communities" discussed in Curt Thompson's book The Soul of Desire. Curious if you've heard of that.

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