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Study: KidMin Produces Spiritually Active Adults

A recent study by The Barna Group confirms those who attended Sunday school or other religious programs as children or as teens are much more likely than those without such experiences to attend church and to have an active faith as adults. Among those who frequently attended such programs as a child, 50% attended a worship service in the last week (slightly higher than the national average and well ahead of those who rarely or never attended as children). Among those who frequently attended religious programs as teens, 58% attended a worship service in the last week. Less frequent participation as a teen correlates with less frequent adult participation. Furthermore, U.S. adults who were frequent religious attendees as children are less likely to have changed central faith views than those who attended less often.

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