One thing is clear: research reveals that many church leaders seem genuinely concerned about the number of youth who choose to no longer attend or affiliate with a faith community. The problem is scary real.
What’s even scarier, however, is the evidence that these same church leaders may actually be more concerned about the problem than they are about the youth themselves. A recent study of over 10,000 churches discovered that members at most of these churches did not empathize with the youth and were not able or willing to walk in their shoes.
Do you wonder if the members at your church care about the youth? Ask a sampling of youth several simple questions:
- How many adults who are not family or family friends call you by your first name?
- Will anyone notice if you stop attending your church?
- Do you have a relationship with an adult from the church?
Please share your findings with me at Generation Spark. We can help your church show youth they matter.
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