We’re Losing Our Kids …
Two studies conducted by both the Barna Group and USA Today, found that nearly 75 percent of Christian young people leave the church after high school. A recent survey conducted by the Barna Group found that less than 1 percent of the young adult population in the United States has a biblical worldview. Even more startling, the data shows that less than one half of one percent of Christians between the ages of 18 and 23 has a biblical worldview.
What is happening to our children?
“Our children are important to us. We closely monitor their scholastic and athletic progress. Their knowledge of past events, current events, human events, and human psychology must not be hindered. Their sports achievements must not be hampered. Yet we passively allow the next generation to grow up without the most important knowledge, the most valuable training information of all. Our children know books, but know little about the Book of Books—the Bible.” -Dalton Key
“When teenagers see an active, practiced faith in their parents and other positive examples at church, they will stop being dropouts and start being disciples.” -Ed Stetzer
We have failed to teach our children spiritual values
“God expects each and every parent to do his or her part in raising children. The very first responsibility we have as parents is to teach our children of God. Every other responsibility falls before this one…. As parents we also need to know that instilling in our children a faith in God and the Bible, is the best thing we can ever do for them. That early teaching will stay with them the rest of their lives. Impressions are made while they are young.” -David Boswell
Somewhere along the way, it appears that we forgot one important point—it is not a matter of if our children are going to be taught; it is only a matter of what they are going to be taught, and who is going to do the teaching.
There’s no question that a key factor in whether young people remain resolute in their Christian faith or walk away from it is the influence of their parents.
The consequences are eternal
“It is the task of parents and grandparents to bring these children to Christ — to launch them toward the target. If we fail in this task, our children’s souls will be lost.” -R.W. Lawrence
What you can do
- Our children need to hear us say that spirituality matters, and see us live as if it really does.
- Our children need to know there is a place where they will always be accepted, and where unconditional love is freely given.
- We must give our children proper spiritual values by teaching them to know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly.
- We need to teach our children to pray, and to read their Bibles frequently.
- Help us get the word out by sharing this message with your friends.
What is Pro2gé?
Pro2gé is a process and movement and product. A revolutionary way to equip kids for the journey…
Parents, caregivers, and teachers lead children ages 6-12 through an intentional progression of foundational truths, character traits, and practical skills.
Process: a one-year journey that assures growth in four key areas
- Bible Knowledge: kids will learn 24 essential Bible topics.
- Christian Character: children will review and begin developing 24 integrity traits.
- Faithful Conduct: children will practice 24 fundamental life skills.
- Achievement Awards: kids can engage in more than 100 relevant projects.
Movement: Discipleship Must Begin With Our Children
“Too often, however, discipling is done at the price of neglecting those who need it most: our children! Discipling must begin with our children if it is ever to affect the rest of our culture. Before we go looking for people to disciple, we should start with our own families. For a few short years, God has entrusted our children to our care. Whether for good or bad, we will mark them for eternity.” -Walter A. Henrichsen