Why They Stay: Helping Parents and Church Leaders Make Investments That Keep Children and Teens Connected to the Church for a Lifetime

by Steve R. Parr, Tom Crites. WestBow Press, 2015.

Based on a survey of young adults, this resource reveals what congregations and parents can do to keep young people from leaving church.


findings from a survey of nearly 1,400 young adults, 15 factors that influence whether a person stays, questions for reflection and assessment

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and parents


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Develop a youth ministry capable of fostering lifelong faith in youth by sharing the findings of this study with parents and youth ministry leaders.
  • Sustain faith in college age adults by forming a Bible study.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming is a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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