NEW BARNA STUDY GOES INSIDE HEARTS AND MINDS OF IRISH YOUTH
DUBLIN, IRELAND – A groundbreaking new report, commissioned by Christ in Youth and conducted by Barna Group, sheds light on the faith of young people and young adults in the Republic of Ireland and the nation’s transforming religious identity. “Finding Faith in Ireland” – based on studies of nearly 1,000 teenagers, young adults and youth leaders – examines how young people throughout Ireland are navigating the values of popular culture and societal expectations for success, and emphasises their need for authentic spiritual encounters and relationships.
“To date in Ireland, there has not been a piece of research that is this in-depth into what young people think and feel about their faith,” said Jasper Rutherford, European director of Christ In Youth. “The information in this report is a youth worker’s dream. It will help to challenge the wider church on the worrying lack of support in youth ministry and highlight the significant role that spiritual mentors play in the faith journey of our young people in Ireland today.”
Key findings from the book include:
A majority of Irish youth are Christian…in name only.
One in four young people is currently going through a crisis of faith.
This generation feels increasing conflict between progressive values and Christian morality.
“Making, forming and sending disciples of Christ is the only purpose of the Church,” said Dónal McKeown, Bishop of Derry. “This is a very helpful piece of research as it helps us understand more clearly where young people are in their relationship to faith and church. If we want to make new disciples, like Jesus we have to meet people where they are. I hope that these insights will help us all bring Good News to a new generation.”
“Finding Faith in Ireland” will be first launched at key events in Dublin on Oct. 19, and in Cork and Limerick on Oct. 20.
Visit ciy.com for event details.
The full report will be available for purchase at findingfaithinireland.com; ciy.com and barna.com/Ireland.
About Christ In Youth
For 50 years, Christ In Youth has been providing events, missions trips and resources that amplify Christ’s call on students’ lives in partnership with the local church. More than 80,000 students and leaders attend at least one of CIY’s 100 programs or trips held throughout 20 countries each year. CIY partners with the local church to help call students to a maturing knowledge of Christ in preparation for Kingdom service. For more information, visit www.ciy.com.
Barna Group is a visionary research firm dedicated to providing actionable insights on faith and culture. barna.com