What Young Adults Found in this Church
Is your relationship with God growing weak? Not sure what to look for in a church? See what these young adults discovered when they gave the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) a chance.Show/Hide Transcript
What Young Adults Found in this Church
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30% of young adults raised in a religious tradition growing up say they no longer affiliate with one as an adult.
Allisa Austin: I think young adults are turning away from their faith because the hardships of living in the world right now are so concrete.
Tianna Tillman: Because of cynicism.
Brian Ramirez: The value placed on spiritual well-being, on spiritual journeys, has greatly diminished over time.
Jasmine Canales: Or because they just had bad experiences within their church or the people in it.
PJ Bradley: Perhaps they tried to ask questions and weren’t satisfied with the answers.
Tianna: Or they see bad things happening in the world, and they feel as though God has forgotten them.
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Generation Z is the least religious generation. About one third have no religion—about the same proportion as among millennials.
Richard Hughes: I grew up as a Catholic. I actually left the Catholic church when I was quite young.
Jasmine: I would say that I didn’t grow up going to church. I wasn’t religious. I wasn’t spiritual.
Tyler Asuncion: My family didn’t go to church.
Tianna: I grew up going to church.
PJ: I grew up going to church occasionally. But it didn’t really mean all that much to me.
Allisa: I remember growing up, I started going to church because of family and tradition.
Brian: I did actually grow up in a church, you can say I grew up in a church since birth.
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Studies found Gen Z is also the loneliest generation. 9 out of 10 Gen Z adults have experienced depression or lack of motivation.
Tianna: I was in a very, very dark place. I started to feel as though I had no purpose, what’s the point, it was hard for me to get out of bed.
Allisa: When I started looking for a church on my own, I just— I was relying on like a gut feeling like going in, and for it to, to align with the things that I already knew to be true.
Richard: I felt like I needed to improve my values, I was questioning life. Everything happens and a lot of dark things happen and it’s very hard to justify those things if there’s not a bigger picture. For me I needed an answer.
Tianna: I didn’t have purpose. I just was kind of floating around without any direction. When I was introduced to the Church Of Christ, and the doctrine and the faith and the brethren, it all came to me at such an important time.
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61% of young Christians say they attend a church to learn about God.
Tianna: What did you find in the Church Of Christ that you couldn’t find anywhere else? Actual doctrine! I found actual doctrine in the Church Of Christ.
PJ: It’s a no brainer that the Church Of Christ was the right Church for me because the moment I walked in, I felt loved. It wasn’t loud. It wasn’t disorderly, the order was impeccable, everything just seemed to fit right into place.
Richard: The minister reads everything to you, explains everything to you. The ministers teach it in the most pristine fashion. And you always go away knowing what the lesson is about, what values it’s supposed to instill within you.
Brian: So when I saw this Church I realized how everything was consistent. Everything had a basis in the Bible. So it was that much easier for me to see why I would join the Church Of Christ.
Tianna: I think it’s important to have God, my faith and the Church because it gave me a purpose. I wasn’t wandering around anymore, searching for happiness, I didn’t feel lonely anymore. Being given that purpose and that drive and motivation back again was really, really important to me. The life itself that I’ve been given, the time, you know, all that I feel like there are moments where I just wake up and I’m just happy. I’m just happy for no reason and it’s just because I’m, I’m thankful.
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39% of Gen Z feels ‘spirituality’ is important to them.
Richard: The Church gave me the tools that I needed to tackle any hard times that came. And the understanding that God does exist and God is very real and working in this world. And you have all those tools to then face life with, which makes it a lot easier, makes you a lot more determined makes you a lot more focused, driven.
Allisa: And that surety, it took away that fear, I haven’t felt it since I’ve joined the Church. And that’s a huge thing for me. So it used to keep me up at night, that I wasn’t living my life properly. So I think that that’s how I knew that this was the right church for me.
Brian: I have been in many Christian churches, different denominations and the only one that was able to complete my search, was this church which is the Church Of Christ.
Allisa: The advice that I would give to someone that’s in search for God, and faith and the church, is to keep an open mind.
PJ: I would recommend, go inside, talk to a minister, find a place of worship near you. And as soon as you hear that first Bible lesson, oh man, that is just going to be one of the greatest moments of your life, it surely was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Tianna: Do not be afraid to ask questions, because the right, the right church will be able to answer these questions. No problem.
Jasmine: And also don’t be scared or shy to go by yourself. You know, that’s the excuse I had regarding church and stuff. I was always too scared to go by myself.
Tianna: Do not settle. Don’t settle for, for feel-good answers. You shouldn’t settle until you find the truth.
Jasmine: And finally the time I actually had the courage to go, I found the most amazing Church in the world, Iglesia Ni Cristo.
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