Young People are Leaving the Church. That's not good for them. . . or for the rest who are at the Church.
Has anyone noticed that many youth and young adults are disconnected and uninvolved in their church? Or has anyone noticed the countless others who are missing from our church? Has anyone you know done anything about it?
Let’s come right out and say it: Many of our youth and young adults see church as irrelevant and others simply don’t attend church! Sometimes we wonder aloud, “They’ll be back, won’t they?”
Occasionally they do come back, perhaps when they give birth to little ones. But many never do return to church. Contrast that with Christ’s statement in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Other versions put the words of Jesus in more common English.
“My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (New Living Translation)
“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." (The Message)
Unfortunately, the abundant life Christ promised doesn’t always seem prevalent in many of our churches. In fact, rather than abundant life or even just simple life, many suffer from stagnation that eventually ends in death -- the very opposite of what Christ offers.
If you go to a beach that has a sign posted, “Warning! No lifeguard on duty! Swim at your own risk!” you know that you’re on your own if you swim there. If you drown, it’s your own fault. you know that you’re on your own if you swim there. If you drown, it’s your own fault. you know that you’re on your own if you swim there. If you drown, it’s your own fault. you know that you’re on your own if you swim there. If you drown, it’s your own fault.
But if you go to a beach that has lifeguards, you’re no longer on your own, swimming in potentially dangerous waters. It’s still possible to drown, but not very likely.
Welcome to Mission Lifeguard! This is about saving lives!!!