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Why We Need to Move from Crowd Gathering to Disciple Making

Reaching the next generation.
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Rob Casey

on 26 January 2013

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Transcript of Why We Need to Move from Crowd Gathering to Disciple Making

photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr The Big Picture Yes or No:
1. Is home life a big factor in student ministry? Something is Wrong...
Let's be Real About it! What
does a Disciple really look like in my church? Disciple-Making in the
Next Generation Moving from Crowd Gathering
to Real Disciple-Making My purpose is:
"That they may be encouraged in heart &
united in love, so that they may have the
full riches of complete understanding, in
order that they may know the mystery
of God, namely, Christ."
Colossians 2:2 Conclusion What is the long term effect of being a part of my ministry or youth group? A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, CA) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twenty-somethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years - and often beyond that. In total, 6 out of 10 twenty-somethings were involved in a church during their teen years, but have failed to translate that into active spirituality during their early adulthood. Simply put? Unless the tide is turned, 61% of the youth in your church RIGHT NOW will not remain Christian-faith-active after
high school, regardless of denominations. What are some reasons
you can give for such a
high number? What % of your active members are the ages of:
(12-19)
(17-24)
(24-35)
(35-55) Something to Think About: Can we please just assume that
the stats are right for a moment? How well does this reflect what you
are seeing in your congregations?
Your community?
Your own family?
Our country?
Our world?
2. Are you incorporating a positive faith-family role model as a means of discipling teenagers? Let's talk about the home's influence on simply attending church:
Father DOES NOT go, REGARDLESS of mom’s religious practice, only 1 child in 50 will be regular churchgoer.
Father DOES go, REGARDLESS of mom’s religious practice, 66%-75% of their children will be churchgoers (R&I).
Father attends irregularly, regardless of mom’s devotion, 50%-66% of their kids will attend church (R&I).
ONLY MOM goes, 24% of their kids become churchgoers.
BOTH only irregularly attend, 80% of their kids WON’T.
BUT! 75% of offspring in the home where BOTH parents attend regularly become churchgoers also (R&I)!! Yes or No:

3. Isn't the Bible-belt really somewhat on
top of the game though? Isn't our area somewhat of an exception these numbers? Are We Really Reaching Them? Are We Really Discipling Them? Are We Only Concerned With Church Attendance? Are We Leading THEM to Reach Each Other??? Perhaps it is time to make the move...
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