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Church Relates To Young Christians

Since it is now the year 2010, how does your church relate to young people? Does your church offer a different program than it did 20 years ago?

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Anyone care to tell me what your church is doing in their youth groups if they even have one.
---KarenD on 4/24/10

Two churches I've been in lost their youth entirely. One was because the kids got a stern talking-to after smoking pot on the church grounds. They left the church and never came back.
The other church, ironically, had a strong ministry to kids with troubled backgrounds...whose parents were addicted, and who abused and/or neglected them.

These were not church families.
Parents in the church didn't want their kids associating with youngsters who could be a "bad" influence. (understandable) The church was too small for 2 youth groups. Families with pre-teens or older left the church. When the volunteers who fed and loved and taught troubled kids the Bible, "burned out", there was no one to replace them.
---Donna66 on 4/23/10

Is "the church" supposed to relate to young people? Who is responsible for the young people? "the church" or the parents of the young people?

Many times parents are delegating the responsibility of teaching Christ to "the church." "The church" hires a "youth pastor," and that person is supposed to reach their kids.

If the question is how to reach unsaved kids in the neighborhood, that is another question.

I assume the question is, what kind of flashy new program do "the churches" need to appeal to the youth? let's subtly ease the gospel to the youth, they'll be saved before they know it.

I know a bit harsh, but there is truth in it.
---Rod4Him on 4/23/10

We have a total of 5 children in our small congregation. Sometimes more if we have visitors. The children are 10 & under because 4 of them are mine. They have Sunday School in the classroom using the childrens bible & join us for worship. We donot have the flashy mega church scenes.We have the basics.
---candice on 4/23/10

To add to this question, how many youth attend your church?
---KarenD on 4/23/10

The "church" in the year 2010 should be relating to ALL people the same way it did in the 1st century, with love and grace, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ which leads to repentance unto salvation and transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. Games, entertainment, girls dancing in leotards during Communion, have NO PLACE in the true church. Seems that Satan is "winning" in his efforts to destroy the testimony of the followers of Jesus Christ.
---tommy3007 on 4/22/10

Today's organizations and building are beginning to resemble amusement parks and arcades.

Godly instruction today must begin with teaching common sense, decency and the old school values of what is wholesome and true, otherwise, all the sound spirtual teaching that the older, more experienced Christians can offer will have little, if any, effect.

It definitely seems like the time has come...

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching" (2 Timothy 4:3).

Our younger brethren need us.
---more_excellent_way on 4/21/10

A local Bible church has changed to adapt to the times. It's new youth building now resembles a secular community center. It has computer centers and play areas. Not one item in the room had a reference to Christ. I don't think they want to offend anybody, all should feel welcomed. In additon, during communion, they have young girls in leotards dancing on the stage, not every month though. I guess this attracts more young people and makes them feel involved.

So, it appears the local "church" is changing with the times.
---Rod4Him on 4/21/10

What were calling church here is a building with leaders. mal 3:6 What church is are God's people, God's people relate the same as they always have with love mercy and peace.
---Bozo on 4/21/10

Last time I looked, the Church was about relating to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit.
---Cluny on 4/21/10

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