I love statistics. In fact, when I was getting ready to write Chasing Superwoman I thought long and hard about the current spiritual trends facing our children. For example, statistics show that young people are leaving the traditional church in droves. According to a study by George Barna, 61% of young adults who had been “churched” during their teen years are now spiritually disengaged.
Will my kids just become another statistic? And, as a mother who deeply cares about my children’s spirituality, what am I going to do about it?
To start, I’ve asked myself a few tough questions. Like, is church a place where my kids have fun and feel safe to engage in questions, even when they don’t know the answers? Or, is church a place where my kids just have to dress up and shut up?
Instead of sitting in the bleachers and blaming the church (and putting the spiritual future of my children on somebody else’s shoulders), I decided I better get in the game. So, when Nick turned three, I started teaching Sunday School. Sure, there are still Sundays where my kids don’t want to go to church – and Sundays when I don’t feel like taking them – but our goal is to worship God and HAVE FUN in the process. We usually accomplish both.
I have my own theories about why young people are leaving the church, and I also have more statistics I plan to share in the coming weeks. But I’d first love to hear what you think. What keeps kids in church, and what drives them away?