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Changing Shape

The Faith Lives of Millennials

by Ruth Perrin

In a landmark combination of academic study and up-to-date groundwork, Changing Shape helps Church leaders connect with the millennial generation.

  • For Church leaders wanting to reach millennials

  • This study offers a balance of academic insight and up-to-date groundwork

  • You'll discover insights into the spiritual needs of the millennial generation

  • Author

    Ruth Perrin

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Hymns Ancient & Modern

  • Published

    January 2020

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The generation known as ‘millennials’ are now emerging into adulthood. They face opportunities and challenges no generation has previously faced. For the church they are the ‘missing generation’.

Ruth Perrin’s landmark study of emerging adults who as teenagers described themselves as Christians, reveals what has happened to this apparently “lost generation” – those who have lost faith altogether, those with a faith but who have withdrawn from the church and those with an ongoing active faith which is nonetheless now broader and deeper than previously.

Considering the factors which help shape millennial belief, Changing Shape reflects on the challenges and opportunities that ‘missing generation’ bring to the Church, and considers what lessons the Church can learn from the Millennial mindset.

Introduction: Millennial Faith in Britain ix

Part 1 Setting the Scene – Being an Emerging Adult

1 Bucking the Trend: Emerging Adults Who Resist the Secularization Narrative 3

2 The Privilege and Pressure of Emerging Adulthood: Economics and Health 26

3 Relational Realities: Friends and Family 61

4 Relational Realities: Romance and Parenthood 81

Part 2 Changing Shape – How Emerging Adult Faith Develops

5 Emerging into Adult Faith: What Shapes Millennial Belief? 121

6 Losing Faith: ‘I Don’t Call Myself a Christian Anymore’ 156

7 The Disenchanted 176

8 Reshaped Faith 205


9 What Now? 233

Bibliography and Further Reading 248

Index of Names and Subjects 251

Ruth H. Perrin is Leech Research Fellow at Durham University. In addition to her research interests she is also a tutor on the Cranmer Free Church Track, associate staff at King's Church Durham and a trainer in Christian leadership. She has 20 years ministry experience primarily (though not exclusively) with students and young adults. She appears regularly at New Wine national and regional events


  • Author

    Ruth Perrin

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Hymns Ancient & Modern

  • Published

    January 2020

  • Weight


  • Dimensions

    140 x 216 x 17 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Ruth Perrin

  • ISBN: 9780334058311

  • Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern

  • Release Date: January 2020

  • Weight: 359g

  • Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 17 mm

  • Eden Code: 5071231

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