These are comments by Morgan, Lars Fischer, and David Kaiser on the post “What If the Kids Don’t Want Our Church?“.
As a young person and as someone who once worked in a church, this post really rings true for me. I felt like the older generations were very concerned with the church as a place, whereas younger people like myself tend to be more focused on church as an activity.
I think the most salient question for many churches going forward may be, “Is our church primarily a place that we go or a thing that we do?”
Lars Fischer said:
And how can we blame them, really? We raised them to think of things as disposable
Wasn’t it rather out generation who was raised to be overly attached to things we own, to the extent that we spend far more time messing about with that, and not enough time on what we really want to do with our lives?
I don’t know. Seems to me that (where I live), people who are into organized religion are, by and large, a dying breed.
David Kaiser said:
Faith is something that can be modeled, it can be required. You can bring your kids to church with you, but if they stop wanting to go, forcing them is about the worst thing you can do. If they are meant to return, they will, in good time. If not, you are only pulling the rubber band farther and farther back, so they release will be that much stronger.
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