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[18 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 1,061 views]

Barna Group, a research group from California that studies trends in the church, recently published the following statistics about youth in America’s churches:

Current trends show that on 4% of young people will be evangelical believers by the time they are in their 30’s compared to 34% of adults today who are.
3 out of 4 kids will leave the church when they turn 18 and never return
86 % of kids watch supernatural-themed movies or television shows on a regular basis
73% have engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related …

Quotes »

[8 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 660 views]

Lots of men would prefer their messages to die with them than have to share with a young man who might be able to deliver it better.

Ministry Development »

[26 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 578 views]

When I was Section Youth director about 10 years ago, I started a program called, ARC (Apostolic Revival Corps) that traveled to various HM churches in our district and conducted training, outreach and services. Our team was made up from 20 to 30 young people from our section and included musicians, young preachers and passionate youth from ages 14 to about 25. Each young person had to fill out an application, have it signed by their pastor, and get three reference signatures. In the early ARC missions, we would conduct …

Illustrations and Research »

[2 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 514 views]

A new study finds that almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported Monday in the most extensive study of its kind.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081201/ap_on_he_me/med_mental_health

Illustrations and Research »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 465 views]

Ancient warfare involved close range weapons, but soon archers were employed to do long-distance warfare.
Youth are the long-range weapon of the church. If we want to make the most dynamic impact on both the present and the future, we will invest in the potential of our youth.
Nebuchadnezzar wanted the youth of Jerusalem. Daniel 1:3  And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring [certain] of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
4  Children in whom [was] no blemish, …

Illustrations and Research »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 332 views]

Are they really?
A 2007 Barna poll said that young Americans (aged 16-29) are growing increasingly critical about Christianity and the Church, and are leaving the church entirely. Barna’s study wrote that their research showed “that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond that. In total, six out of ten twentysomethings were involved in a church during their teen years, but have failed to translate that into active spirituality …

Quotes »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 202 views]

If you want to change the world, focus on leaders. If you want to change leaders, focus on them when they’re young.

Headline, Inspiration »

[16 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 362 views]
Repairing the Breach

With every rising and setting of the sun, time races forward to embrace a profound Hope. Men and women engage in the Great Commission, endeavoring to hasten the Kingdom of God, to reach the Lost before it’s too late. In the midst of the chase, an often overlooked friend of revival becomes a casualty. That friend is the mutual faith in, and respect between, Christian generations.
Our younger generation can be characterized as low in years, lean in achievements, but high in confidence, potential and passion. Although it is often not …