This morning I came upon this thoughtful article about young people who are raised in the church, leaving the church during their post-high school years. It’s worth your time.
Somehow I have a feeling that young people are not leaving the church because we didn’t have enough rules. They are not leaving the church because we didn’t try to schedule enough “fun.” That is all much of youth ministry has been for the last 30 years. It’s been the Christian “Party Plan.” Now thousands don’t take the church or the things of the Lord seriously.
Where did we ever get the idea that playing games in the musty church basement was the power of God unto salvation?
Why have we allowed ourselves to be seduced again into the idea that organization, rules and manipulation are the power of God unto salvation?
What is it going to cost us before we learn to return to the means of grace and the power of the Gospel instead of our entertainment or our systems?
Read this post on the studies and the statistics.