Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them

by Ed Stetzer, Richie Stanley, and others. B&H Publishing Group, 2009.

Researcher Ed Stetzer and his associates offer a description of four young adult unchurched types. These four types are: 1) Always unchurched; 2) De-churched; 3) Friendly unchurched; 4) Hostile unchurched. Stetzer and his colleagues note that these are broad categories. Individuals are more complex than these types. Yet, noting the types provides a framework for varied responses to young adults. Stetzer who is director of research of LifeWay and missologist in residence also describes ways in which a congregation can reach out to young adults. The book is written from a point of view of hope. The authors believe amazing things can happen between young adults and congregations. Wisely, Stetzer doesn’t propose a miraculous formula. What you do receive is consideration of the role worship, relationships, and service have in the faith lives of young adult. Then you will read how congregational leaders can design programs that meet the varying needs of different types of young adults.