I. 2011 Barna Group Survey - Reasons why young people are leaving the church
1. Churches seem overprotective 2. Experience Christianity is shallow 3. Churches come across as antagonistic to science 4. Experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic,judgmental 5. Wrestle with exclusive nature of Christianity 6. Church feels unfriendly to those who doubt
How we then raise our children based on this context.
1. Our strength becomes our great weakness - ".... trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity" (Phil Viscker - creator of Veggie Tales.) "Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true. It's the Oprah god"