Addressing post-high school faith defection by exploring the nature of conversion

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Kessler, Kent K
Young adults; Christianity; Biblical Studies; Christian Denominations and Sects; Practical Theology
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Percentages state as high as 80% of high school graduates are leaving the church and perhaps the faith. That percentage is also the same for Americans who self-identify as Christians. This, ironically, is the percentage of kids who become Christians before the age of eighteen. This paper explores a possible remedy for the defection among high school graduates with an in-home catechism that touches upon both the theological teaching on conversion from Romans, and the stories of the conversion experience from Acts and hopefully the parents' lives. An online version of the catechism was made available to respondents to review, evaluate, and then submit a survey. A SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the survey is offered in conclusion.