"The statistics are grim. Rainer Research estimates that 70 percent of young people leave the church by age 22. Barna Group argues that the figure increases to 80 percent by age 30."Grim indeed.
The article suggests that part of the reason that church's are not only failing to attract young people, but losing the young people they already have - is that they are failing to connect young people to the church at large. Too often, young people participate only in youth specific activities and never really plug into Sunday worship or other church programming. As a result, when these young'uns reach adulthood - they've little or no experience with "church".
Take a few minutes to read this article. As a mom who is passionate about the Lord - and also happens to work as the Director of Children's Ministry at my home church, this really lit a fire under me.
I'm proceeding with my eyes wide open for opportunities to keep the WHOLE church in touch with one another - from the wee babies to the senior adults - and EVERYONE in between.
The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, "That's mine; you can't have it." They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.