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Youth Ministry and Age Segmentation

October 2, 2009

Ever wonder how we got to the point where the youth group was separate from the rest of the church? Ever wonder about the potetnial impact? On the Out of Ur blog there’s an interesting article on age segmented youth ministry. Here’s a piece of it, click here to read on.

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. The Southern Baptist Convention recently observed that growth in their churches is failing to keep up with the birth rate. Taken together, these findings suggest a startling fact: not only are we failing to attract younger worshipers, we’re not holding on to the ones we have.

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  1. October 2, 2009 5:45 am

    Part of the problem as I see it is we treat the youth as if they are the future of the church instead of treating them as being part of the church. Studies show that the more active the youth are in worship and leadership within the church, the more likely they are to stay in the church.

    • drew permalink*
      October 2, 2009 6:56 am

      Thanks for adding to the conversation. I think you’re exactly right. I think the need to integrate students into the Body is obvious. The wrestling match I have in my mind is two fold…what does it look like with students not being separated from the church as whole? and will the adults of the church take a more active role and accept this integration or want their kids back in ‘day care’? (perhaps the last one is mainly in my own personal context).

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