I got these stats from a guy named Nathaniel Dame – his blog is http://www.effectiveym.com/ … He has a good blog with some very helpful stuff for student ministry
– 88% of children raised in Christian families leave church at the age of 18, never to return (SBC).
– A majority of adults no longer consider Christianity America’s default faith (Barna).
– 64% of decisions for Christ are made before the age of 18, and 77% are made before the age of 21 (Barna).
– An estimated 4% of the “bridger” generation, or Gen Y, will be Bible-believing Christians when they reach adulthood. Their grandparents’ generation: 65%. Their parents’ generation: 35% (Bridger Generation by Thom S. Rainer).
I think this could be a direct affect of the church not focusing on equipping the family (Parents in particular) in helping them make their Christian faith a centerpiece of their family.