Young people arenrs\ walking away from the church-theyrs\ e sprinting. According to a recent study by Ranier Research, 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22 years old. Barna Group estimates that 80 percent of those reared in the church will be \disengaged\ by the time they are 29 years old. Unlike earlier generations of church dropouts, these \leavers\ are unlikely to seek out alternative forms of Christian community such as home churches and small groups. When they leave church, many leave the faith as well.Drawing on recent research and in-depth interviews with young leavers,Generation Ex-Christianwill shine a light on this crisis and propose effective responses that go beyond slick services or edgy outreach.But it wonrs\ be easy. Christianity is regarded with suspicion by the younger generation. Those who leave the faith are often downright cynical. To make matters worse, parents generally react poorly when their children go astray. Many sink into a defensive cr...