Racially, religiously, and educationally, the small subset of former Mormons who are now involved in ex-Mormon social media groups are not representative of the whole.
(RNS) — With more young adults emptying the pews, new research from the Barna Group shows what some churches are doing right for Millennials and GenZ.
Early reactions to "The Next Mormons" mirror the polarization I see happening in the Mormon world more generally, as people separate themselves into camps and police their boundaries.
Most didn't leave because they got offended, became atheists, or wanted to join another religion. Also, the vast majority of former Mormons say they're happy after leaving.
GenX Mormons in the United States are the quintessential middle child between the bigger-than-life Baby Boomers and their Millennial kids. And if you're blaming Millennials for certain changes in the Church, well, GenXers started it.
I'm getting tired of the way some Mormons throw around the "wheat and the tares" analogy to dismiss anyone who disagrees with them. A culture of judgmentalism has consequences, and they're not good.
Yes, Mormon Millennials are leaving the LDS Church at higher rates than previous generations. But there's also a lot of reason for hope.
It's been 40 years since Mormons changed their racially based priesthood/temple ban. Yet new research shows that even now, most Mormons think the ban was God's will.
Former Mormons don’t generally maintain a high level of spirituality when they decide to leave the fold, unless they become actively involved in another religion.
A podcast listener takes me to task for saying that we should lighten up on Millennials, because doesn't everyone know that religions that liberalize their standards go down the toilet? Not so fast, I respond.
Who are Mormon Millennials, and how are they different? In a series of upcoming talks I'll share some insights from the Next Mormons Study about what we've learned about this generation.
If the #1 reason women say they left the LDS Church is because they felt judged or misunderstood, wouldn't it be awesome if Mormons could stop with the judging?
(RNS) — Last week's announcement that caffeinated sodas would be sold at BYU confirmed what we found in the Next Mormons study: Two-thirds of Mormons already imbibe.
Singles, young adults, and men (especially those who did not serve a mission) seem to be among the most likely demographics of people who leave the LDS Church. But "The Next Mormons" research can find out a good deal more that we don't yet know.
Today I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign to support The Next Mormons survey -- a major national survey of four generations of Latter-Day Saints. I hope you'll choose to participate by making a donation and spreading the word.