"Are we losing our young people?" That's the headline of the July issue of the Churches of Christ newspaper, The Christian Chronicle. The article quotes one of the best Church-of-Christ statisticians and observers, Flavil Yeakley. In the article, he passes along these facts:
1. In the U.S., about 45% of high school seniors leave the Churches of Christ after they leave home.
2. About 33% of all people who grew up in this group leave and never come back; about 12% drop out for a time and return later in life.
According to the campus ministers interviewed, many people who grew up among the Churches of Christ come to college unconverted, having been over-sheltered and under-challenged as young believers.
If you grew up attending a Church of Christ, does this seem like an accurate assessment?
Do the numbers quoted by Yeakley match up with what you have observed?
In what ways are Christian families and churches really building up their young people?
What are the areas where immediate families and church families should be doing so much better?