From the Boundless article – Kinnaman warns that churches often take two misguided approaches in responding to young Christians: either they cater to them or minimize their concerns. Personally, I’ve experienced both of these responses and neither one is healthy.
What is the key to keeping young people in the church?
Kinnaman observed that many churches approach generations in a hierarchical, top-down manner, rather than deploying a true team of believers of all ages. “Cultivating intergenerational relationships is one of the most important ways in which effective faith communities are developing flourishing faith in both young and old. In many churches, this means changing the metaphor from simply passing the baton to the next generation to a more functional, biblical picture of a body — that is, the entire community of faith, across the entire lifespan, working together to fulfill God’s purposes.”
Hmmm. The rest of the world is catching up to New Covenant? Adult only groups have their place, but could/should family groups be seen as an answer? Family groups are a lot of work, but they also can bear much fruit.
Read the whole Boundless article. Be sure and read the comment section. It is especially helpful to see what some 20/30 somethings are saying.