Of those surveyed, 63% of students currently participate less than once a week or not at all. 20% say they have never attended at any time. A total of 34% participate sporadically or participated in the past.
Only 37% of youth said they participate weekly but 51% said religion is important and matters a lot. That means a large number of students who don’t currently attend regularly are open to it and think it is important.
The most significant influence to participate or not participate in a youth’s life is Mom, followed by siblings, and then Dad. If Mom attends or does not attend, youth attendance will likely follow suit.
Most youth who do not participate weekly were also from immediate families who do not participate weekly. However, they were likely to know neighbors or have grandparents who do actively participate in religion. That could mean that for many youth who are not participating, a neighbor or grandparent may be the window of opportunity to connect them.
They Like Going to Worship
- 73% of those who participate in organized religion do so because they want to
- 27% said they are made to go BUT 19% of those said they like it enough to bring a friend.