Youth Groups and Abandoned Faith

Here is a very interesting article about the connection between youth groups and abandoned faith:

“A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation. Some time ago, Christian pollster George Barna documented that 61 percent of today’s 20-somethings who had been churched at one point during their teen years are now spiritually disengaged. They do not attend church, read their Bible or pray.

According to a new five-week, three-question national survey sponsored by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC), the youth group itself is the problem. Fifty-five percent of American Christians are concerned with modern youth ministry because it’s too shallow and too entertainment-focused, resulting in an inability to train mature believers. But even if church youth groups had the gravitas of Dallas Theological Seminary, 36 percent of today’s believers are convinced youth groups themselves are not even biblical.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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2 thoughts on “Youth Groups and Abandoned Faith

  1. Very interesting article. I think that the author identifies a real issue in segregation. I think the issue also extends farther than just age segregation: Now that our churches have lost the understanding of the importance of parish boundaries- no longer willing to worship God in the place and among the people where he has placed you with to be a salt, light, and support- we’re also seeing people segregating themselves on the basis of their worship preferences. This has resulted in the rise of the “celebrity pastors” like Driscoll, the polarization of congregations within denominations, and people who think it is better to leave for a church that caters to their preferences, rather than showing love to others by pointing out where they may be wrong. I think the author is right in pointing out that the cause is self-centered worship, but also man-centered and man-glorifying worship,that privileges our experiences and our beliefs about what is efficacious and worthy over what God has said.

  2. Liam,

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree with what you’ve said. We live in an arrogant age; and as much as that arrogance makes its way into the Church, so much does her gaze wander from the cross.

    For that reason I appreciate the focus of the author on restoring biblical principles for families. It’s at home that kids learn not to be self-centred in the first place, and to learn what it means to serve with joy both God and his very imperfect Church. If families are headed by men who govern with wisdom and with gladness, the character of the Church will be rich, stout hearted and God-centred.

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