I ran across this blog post today: Fundamentalists and the M-Factor
By the end of it, I was shaking my head in frustration. While he does get it that Fundamentalism is bleeding young people and the attitudes of the old guard are a big reason, he still manages to miss the point completely.
In my experience, most young people aren't leaving Fundamentalism because they want to wear their hair long or use a drum onstage and would be happy to stay if the old guard would just let them.
No, the Millenials are much deeper than many give them credit for. Among other things:
...they're leaving because they've realized the futility and even heterodoxy of rule-based Christianity.
...they're leaving because leadership is more interested in control than service and in CYA than justice.
...they're leaving because Fundamentalism consistently fails to follow Biblical commands about the poor.
...half of them are leaving because they're tired of being treated like second-class citizens.
No, they are running away without looking back because they have realized the Emperor has no clothes. And until the Emperor can see that, he's never getting them back - no matter how many standards he begrudgingly caves on.