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Research shows that 80-85% of people who become Christians do so by the age of 18. Another statistic says 80% of our youth are leaving the church by the time they enter college. Ugh. Like me (Patty), these stats may leave you feeling quite discouraged or down right depressed. So what do we do? Research and experience point to three things that can influence our youth and help them to grow their faith in Jesus.
- Having faith based traditions in the home (praying together, serving together, etc.)
- Sending your child to church camp or retreats
- The father attends church
For the past 25 years, my 6 siblings and I, along with all of our spouses and children, have created our own Fourth-of-July tradition at an area resort. With 25-30 of us, it’s an incredible night of “multi-generational-Kumbaya-just-can’t-miss-it” worship, pizza, slushies, and fireworks! At one point in the evening, we divide into groups of three to pray together, young and old alike. The stories that have unfolded during this intimate time of prayer have been amazing.
As I’ve had the pleasure to watch my kids and their 12 cousins grow in their faith and become sold out for Christ, I can’t help but wonder... how? What is the formula that keeps them in church and following God? I believe it’s through tons of prayer and through experiences where they are truly encountering Christ and His love through the accountability and “God stories” of their brothers and sisters (or cousins) in Christ. Life is not made of hours, weeks, months or years, but of moments. Seize those moments with your kids! Joining us this week, we are excited to welcome back Ann Dunagan. Ann is the author of The Mission-Minded Child, and has much to share with us about pointing our children and youth to Jesus. Also joining us is Anne Milam, a girlfriend from Bloom. It’s going to be a great show! Pass it on,