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Best of ChurchLeaders: Kara Powell on the #1 Reason Youth Leave the Church—And How to Reverse the Trend

“What I wouldn’t want to see is kids saying, ‘It’s on the news, they talk about it at school, I’m hearing about it on Twitter and Snapchat, but we’re not talking about it at church.’ That dichotomy is really dangerous and communicates a not-so-subtle message that the church and my faith is out of touch with the world.”

“On purpose, raise tough questions about what’s happening in our world.”

“I would rather have kids wonder their questions aloud in the context of a faith community than stifle them or wonder them with other friends who don’t share our faith.”

“It’s not doubt that is toxic, but unexpressed or unexplored doubt that is toxic.”

More from Dr. Kara Powell on ChurchLeaders

Leadership Book Interview: Kara Powell

Kara Powell: This Is What Young People Need from Adults Right Now

Mentioned in the Show by Dr. Kara Powell:

The 5 Love Languages – Dr. Gary Chapman
Fuller Youth Institute
Fuller Theological Seminary
Sticky Faith

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Andrew Hess is a Sr. Communications Specialist at Compassion International. He previously served as the director of content at the White Horse Inn and editor of corechristianity.com. He formerly served as the editor of churchleaders.com. His writing has been featured on The Gospel Coalition and Focus on the Family. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Jen and their energetic young son. Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AndrewWHess.