This will be random. . as the title indicates.
thoughts on church/culture,
sports, etc. . . .
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This was part of a Q & A regarding a new book "Ex-Christian"
Has the church played a role in causing this (people de-converting from Christianity) trend? If so, how can it stem the tide?
Over the past couple decades the focus in youth ministry has shifted from spiritual growth to attracting large numbers of kids and keeping them entertained. This move has had some ugly unintended consequences. Today many youth ministries are practically devoid of any spiritual engagement. Some have been reduced to using violent video game parties to lure students through their church doors on Friday nights. Church researcher Ed Stetzer describes most youth groups as "holding tanks with pizza." There's nothing wrong with video games and pizza, but they're tragic replacements for discipleship and catechism. Many young people have been exposed to a superficial form of Christianity that effectively inoculates them against authentic faith. To stem the tide of young people leaving, I believe churches need to shift the emphasis back to religious education and spiritual growth.