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Barna Group President Speaks at Oklahoma Christian

Best-selling author David Kinnaman spoke at Oklahoma Christian in October about the research used in his newest book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving the Church …and Rethinking Faith.”

Kinnaman’s first book, “unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity,” was a New York Times bestseller. He is president of the Barna Group, a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture.

According to Kinnaman, those under the age of 30 are often misunderstood or ignored by Christian groups across the United States.

“In many ways, twenty-somethings are a ‘lost’ generation, as their spiritual journeys often lead them away from congregational church involvement and out into the wider world,” he said.

Kinnaman’s lecture was the first in a planned series presented by OC’s new Intergenerational Faith Center, which was created by OC associate professor of youth ministry Dr. Dudley Chancey.

“We want David’s talk and the work we do at the IFC to bridge discussions with students, younger adults, ministers and churches,” Chancey said. “We can’t reach a generation that is leaving the churches they grew up in if we don’t engage them in conversation and let them know we want to listen.”