USA Today highlights dropping attendance at some youth events. As I read this, pertinent comments are:
Sweet 16 is not a sweet spot for churches. It’s the age teens typically drop out.
Teens say, “We don’t see the church as relevant, as meeting our needs or where we need to be today.
Kids are overcommitted.
Parents are not communicating a ‘church is important’ culture.
Good observations by a current youth leader saying:
I cannot compete with my students’ culture in the area of entertainment.
I can offer students the real gospel of Jesus Christ and they can handle it.
Growth happens not by entertaining but by equipping.
I love the comments but again conspicuously absent is the mention of calling parents to their role to disciple their children! Oh well, good observation for us […]