1. American teens are growing out of being Christian.
Though almost all Christian U.S. teens identified as Christian in childhood (94%) and Christianity remains the most common affiliation for teens (70%), about a quarter now claims no organized religion. This includes the one in ten (12%) who describe their faith identity as “nothing in particular.”
2. Christian U.S. teens are talking about their faith.
Seventy-eight percent have had a conversation about their faith identity with a non-Christian in the past year. Over one in three (35%) had one or two conversations.
Twenty-one percent had more than five. For this generation, these conversations are happening naturally and take place in calm, comfortable, relational environments.
3. Faith-sharing teens become more spiritually confident and are eager for more faith conversations.
Sixty percent of Christian teens who have had faith conversations with non-Christians in the past year followed up with the non-believer to ask more questions about their faith journey; the same percentage (60%) say the non-Christian initiated a follow-up to ask more questions. Furthermore, as a result of the conversations they took part in, teens feel more confident in their faith (85%) and eager to share their faith again (65%).
4. Face-to-face conversations remain the favorite.
U.S. teens are far more likely to say they would be open to in-person spiritual conversations than digital ones (58% vs. 23%). For Christian Gen Z, this preference for in-person environments is even more notable (66%). Similarly, unchurched teens are significantly more likely to express openness to in-person one-on-one spiritual conversations than to digital ones (27% vs. 17%).
5. There is opportunity for evangelism, especially in the household.
Sixty-four percent of non-Christian teens openly admit to having unanswered questions about faith. When seeking answers for these questions, they are most likely to turn to a family member (40%), though a small percentage will also turn to the internet (15%) or a friend whose faith they respect (8%).
Nearly half of non-Christian teens (47%) goes so far as to say that they are especially interested in Christianity and what it could mean for their life.