STR: How Many Youth are Leaving the Church?

Stand to Reason has pointed out some resources concerning the issue of youth and their departure from the church.

STR Blog:

What percentage of Christian youth are actually leaving the church?  There’s been some debate about the actual number, with some saying as little as 4% will remain Christian, while others suggest there’s virtually no exodus. Christian Smith tells us that evangelicals have been “behaving badly with statistics” and quickly dispenses with the 4% “panic-attack” stats.   But can we get some idea of the percentage of youth leaving the church without being irresponsible with numbers?

These are the most recent and most cited studies that I could find:

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