Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The sad fruits of modern day youth ministry. . .
Here are some great programs on this topic from the White Horse Inn.
Listen here to part of the programing and you can listen here to another program on this topic.
Our greatest fear is that our children will not have fun at church but the real danger is that we will disappoint them with a faith we treat as less than real, answers less than authoritative, and truth less than eternal. It seems that the youth who drop out of the church from early college on are not hard core atheists who refuse to believe but those who wanted to believe but were disappointed in the faith the church offered them and severely lacking in the basic knowledge of who God is, what His Word says, and what it means to be saved by grace thought faith. They have tasted the koolaid of moralism that masquerades as Christianity and knew enough to reject it but did not know what else to look for or where to find another, more authentic, Christianity.
Kids today need to hear more than the usual fare of "youth Bible studies" on drugs, sex, dating, and the internet. Kids need to interact more with adults and adults more with youth in the church. Kids segregated in a room full of old couches taught by some adult trying to be cool is not what kids want or need. I do not fault the youth workers who have tried their best but we as the church have given them a flawed program and false goals. We have tasked them with baby sitting our youth to keep them out of our hair when we should have been teaching our youth how to engage adults and adults how to engage youth in matters of faith and life in Christ. Perhaps the adults are afraid and the youth tempted to choose fluff over real stuff but the end result of what we have been doing is that somewhere between 60-90 percent of non Roman Catholic youth leave the church sometime between high school and college.