I’m hosting a consultation this week on Churches engagement with the 14+ age range. Whilst there are great things happening in youth ministry I’m also concerned that many churches that had a volunteer led group that engaged with adolescents in the past, no longer have. I’m seeing a number of factors such as:
- Fear of adolescents
- Lack of volunteers
- An emphasis on work with children and tweens’ (easier to achieve a critical mass)
- No change of methodologies despite the inherited attractional one no longer working
- A difficulty in communicating and exploring faith with post christendom young people.
The gathering is to look at whether there is a trend here … and if so what help and support churches need.
If anyone has any stats’ from any denomination that I could have that would be fab. Any evidence that agrees or disagrees would be useful, and any questions that arise in your mind.