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“Sticky Faith” in Australian Baptist Churches: Surveying Generational Participation and Ministry Priorities

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Darren Cronshaw Australian College of Ministries (Sydney College of Divinity)

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Abstract

Australian Baptist Churches share a demographic aging trend with many Western churches — they engage proportionately more older and less young people. Moreover, a significant proportion of children and youth lack “sticky faith” and leave church. The 2016 National Church Life Survey identifies trends in generational participation and ministry priorities. Interviewed Baptist young adults and leaders suggest as reasons youth disengage from church: external societal pressures, “siloed” programs and lack of discipleship, relationships and service opportunities. Many Australian Baptist churches are adopting a more “generational” and less “siloed” approach, but there is room for improvement in resourcing churches for “sticky” faith formation.

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