According to, young Christians long for the restoration of the church they read about in the Bible, says Caitlyn Brick.

They want to be part of a community of believers similar to the one in the second chapter of Acts — a church that helps the poor and breaks bread together “with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”

They just don’t see why it must have the words “Church of Christ” on its building — or why they need a building at all.

“Our generation wants more Jesus and not more tradition,” says Brick, a 22-year-old dietetics student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

“We’re all about the relationship,” adds Sydney Hale, 19, a nursing student at Lipscomb.

An increasing number of Americans seek a relationship with the divine outside Churches of Christ, according to the latest numbers released by Nashville-based publisher 21st Century Christian.

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