Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them

Who are the young unchurched, and how can they be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ?

In a poll result highlighted by CNN Headline News and USA Today, nearly half of nonchurchgoers between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine agreed with the statement, "Christians get on my nerves." Now, researchers behind the larger study present Lost and Found, a blend of dynamic hard data and modern day parable that tells the real story of an unchurched generation that is actually quite spiritual and yet circumspect, open to Jesus but not the church.

As such, Lost and Found is written to the church, using often-surprising results from the copious research here to strike another nerve and break some long established assumptions about how to effectively engage the lost. Leading missiologist Ed Stetzer and his associates first offer a detailed investigation of the four younger unchurched types. With a better understanding of their unique experiences, they next clarify the importance each type places on community, depth of content, social responsibility, and making cross-generational connections in relation to spiritual matters.

Most valuably, Lost and Found finds the churches that have learned to reach unchurched young adults by paying close attention to those key markers vetted by the research. Their exciting stories will make it clear how your church can bring searching souls from this culture to authentic faith in Christ.

Those who are lost can indeed be found. Come take a closer look.

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By Allen (Sacramento, CA) · ★★★★☆ · May 14, 2012
Fantastic look into the mindset of young adults and the disconnect between them and the church. Perhaps my two favorite take-aways are fairly obvious to students of our culture, but they are powerful none the less;

1. Young adults are open to spirituality. They might be closed to church, but "spir... ...more
By Josh · ★★★☆☆ · April 10, 2012
You can find my full review at Quieted Waters.

Lost and Found looks at the unchurched young people in America, and it considers how they can be reached. The book is broken into three sections, each dealing with a different aspect of the situation. The first third is a detailed look at studies cond...
By Ryan (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 02, 2012
I am constantly impressed by the power of an older guy like Stetzer to use research to understand the younger generations. This book hits the nail on the head. The author covers most of the major issues that younger generations have with the church and is insightfully on point. My only negative w... ...more
By Danny (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 18, 2013
"But be encouraged. As we've shown in this book, young adults are seeking the very things that one can find in a walk with God. It's our responsibility to accurately reflect His character in our personal lives and our churches." ...more
By Kendrick (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · October 21, 2009
I was really hoping this book would provide good strategies for reaching out to the unchurched. It ended up being mostly statistics unfortunately. ...more
By Marcus (Versailles, KY) · July 30, 2011
Stetzer and company do a great job researching the unchurched 20somethings and drawing conclusion but are these really "new" conclusions? ...more
By Tim (Thieusies, Belgium) · ★★★★☆ · August 21, 2013
Good info for Americans. ...more