There has been a steep decline in church attendance beginning with the baby boomers (those born between1946-1964) and continuing to the present generation. The most recent statistics indicate that we are not far from the place where the majority in the United States will identify themselves as something other than Protestant.
No one can ignore or remove the problems that old age brings. But Christians share God’s best in life, even in old age. Old age from a biblical perspective is life transformed, life renewed, life filled with blessings and opportunities.
“People often ask me why I take so many detours when I speak. I just tell them it’s because those I’m trying to reach don’t live on the highway.” As a parent and an educator, I sat there thinking about how hard we try to get children to move onto the highway so that we don’t have to put up with the inconvenience of detours. Perhaps instead of spending so much time and effort trying to convince our children to move onto the path we’ve designed, we could encourage them to get to their destination by allowing them a few minor detours. Who knows? We may even discover some placeswe’d like to travel off the beaten path! ( from “The Way They Learn”, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias)
A synergism becomes possible when the church as the extended family builds up its households. And those households in turn build up the churches, which then impacts the community, enfolding others in the family of God. What’s happening to your young people? Are your households maturing in the faith?
By Tom Patete: Sunday school stands as a central means by which churches nurture the flock, but what is the future of this venerable staple of the American church? Sunday school or any other form Christian education takes has to be done with biblical clarity and life-changing consequence, or indeed it is a waste of time!
Question: Regarding the training of covenant children, how do you reconcile the covenant family concept (with the father as the primary teacher) with role of the church?