96% of Dordt alumni report attending church weekly
- Posted Thursday, January 2, 2020
According to the Pew Research Center, 47% of Christians attend a religious service once a week. In contrast, in 2019, 96% of Dordt University alumni reported that they attend church weekly.
Dordt’s statistic comes from an annual survey sent to a third of Dordt alumni.
While at Dordt University, students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, evening worship events, small group Bible studies, and service projects locally and abroad.
“Campus Ministries does a fantastic job of providing a variety of ways for students to experience and participate in worship, to grow in their faith during their time here, as well as training students to be leaders of these groups,” says Alicia Bowar, Dordt’s director of alumni and parent relations. “Students then leave Dordt and want to plug into a church family because they know the importance of living and growing in their faith with a community of believers.”
Pew Research Center also shows that only 17% of Christians are ages 18-29. In contrast, 33% of Christians fall into the 30-49 age bracket.
“Dordt’s unique, four-year residential experience embeds serious discipleship formation practices throughout. Our staff and faculty challenge our students to think deeply and critically about historical and current issues pertaining to their faith,” says Aaron Baart, dean of chapel at Dordt University. “Research is showing that universities most adept at cultivating enduring faith formation practices encourage their students to wrestle deeply with their faith and they allow them to engage with the issues most significant to their generation.”