Gen X goes to church: patterns of affiliation in Saint Paul
David D Colby
This project applies the generational theory of Strauss and Howe to the paradox of rising spiritual interest and declining mainline church membership. A change is needed for the church. It is critical for the church to understand Generation X and learn from those who affiliate with congregations. Here are described the findings of focus groups of new members composed of different demographic groups at two congregations. Through surveys, these findings and expected generational characteristics are compared to Gen X new members of Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. The research suggests that these new members dissent from expected generational traits.
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