Top Ten Reasons Kids Leave the Church

I thought this article was very well written and extremely insightful:

http://marc5solas.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/top-10-reasons-our-kids-leave-church/

Some notable excerpts:

“The statistics are jaw-droppingly horrific: 70% of youth stop attending church when they graduate from High School. Nearly a decade later, about half return to church.  Half.  Let that sink in.  There’s no easy way to say this: The American Evangelical church has lost, is losing, and will almost certainly continue to lose our youth.  For all the talk of “our greatest resource”, “our treasure”, and the multi-million dollar Dave and Buster’s/Starbucks knockoffs we build and fill with black walls and wailing rock bands… the church has failed them.  Miserably.”

“In the “best life now”, “Every day a Friday” world of evangelicals, there’s little room for depression, or struggle, or doubt. Turn that frown upside down, or move along. Kids who are fed a steady diet of sermons aimed at removing anything (or anyone) who doesn’t pragmatically serve “God’s great plan for your life” has forced them to smile and, as the old song encouraged them be “hap-hap-happy all the time.”

“It’s not that our students “got smarter” when they left home, rather someone actually treated them as intelligent. Rather than dumbing down the message, the agnostics and atheists treat our youth as intelligent and challenge their intellect with “deep thoughts” of question and doubt. Many of these “doubts” have been answered, in great depth, over the centuries of our faith. However….you sent them out unarmed.”

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