The VOX Podcast with Mike Erre, launched in October 2015, has been engaging in challenging conversations around the LGBTQ community, American politics, church politics, and Christian culture. Episodes 47-49 grapple with why people are leaving the church. These episodes are sparked by the article “Dear Church, here’s why people are really leaving you.” With over 268 thousand shares of this article, the content is worth discussing. This article gives five points for why people are leaving the church:
Thirty something Mike Erre along with co-host forty-something Andy Lara and guest twenty-something Izzi Ray spend three episodes discussing the points raised by this article. This set of podcasts in particular has much to offer the religious community as a rare example of multigenerational discussion.
Between the jokes and witty banter in this three hours of content, there are many insights and moments of revelation surrounding church practice and Christianity today. Such as Christians struggling to come to terms with the shift in culture away from the church to living a life that shows your Christianity but doesn’t preach at people.
Plenty of statistics and blog posts that are being written right now making claims about the problem and what to do about it. Many have provided a formula for how we need to move forward. But from all my research thus far into why young people are leaving the church there doesn’t seem to be a proven concrete list of answers. Everyone has lights, a decent worship team and a twitter account. It is not bringing people in.
This is why you should check out the VOX podcast, particularly these episodes. The shift in church and culture is happening and it should be important to those in the church. Processing, dialoguing, and listening will be necessary though if we hope to find the answers to these difficult questions.
Check out the links below for the article “Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Really Leaving You” and the VOX podcasts investigating these critiques.