Why Are Millennials Walking Away from Faith? How Can We Turn Them Around?


They’re angry protestors, but also thoughtful philanthropists and innovative entrepreneurs. What do they have in common? About one-third of millennials have no ties to any faith.

Religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland ( addresses this alarming fact in his new book, “Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home.”

This unique and influential generation, born between 1980 and 2000, constitute a group of more than 80 million individuals who are technologically astute, ethnically diverse, and culturally and vibrantly engaged. Yet they face high unemployment and massive debt. These characteristics, coupled with the fact that they comprise the largest number of religiously unaffiliated Americans, should be concerning to every parent, grandparent, pastor and potential employer.

“There are many reasons why young people may become disillusioned with church, religious organizations or faith in general, such as mistrust, skepticism, rebelling against a negative experience, pressure from atheist or agnostic friends, or a variety of other influences,” McFarland said. “But regardless of why they leave their faith behind, the real tragedy is that many millennials are heading into life without Christ. And we must find a way to bring them back into the fold. That’s why this new book, ‘Abandoned Faith,’ is so important for anyone who loves a millennial.”

McFarland, along with apologist and evangelist Jason Jimenez, examines why millennials are abandoning their faith, doubting their beliefs and shunning their Christian upbringing. Available for pre-order now on, with an official release date from Tyndale Publishing and Focus on the Family of March 1 (in stores March 7), “Abandoned Faith” contains interviews with top Christian leaders who work with millennials and families. The authors shed new light on what Christian parents must do to reach their young adult children, as the book offers a strong voice of hope for parents, church leaders and others who serve the millennial generation.

“From speaking with tens of thousands of young people over the years, I have learned that if they have just a few adults who will come alongside them and encourage them to grow in their faith, there’s a much better chance they will remain in the church and rooted in Jesus long into adulthood,” he said. “So one or two positive influences can make a world of difference in the faith—and life—of a young person.”

To book Dr. Alex McFarland for interviews, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104,, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.

Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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