I appreciate the concern voiced by Dr. Page and applaud him for any attempt that he makes to address this problem.
Matt Friedeman has now shared his thoughts regarding this subject and I think that he is spot on. I hope that you will read his whole article. I have copied an excerpt from it below:
In the Fight
A Youth Exodus From Church — What Are We Doing Wrong?
By Matt Friedeman
August 14, 2006
(AgapePress) – AgapePress has reported that Dr. Frank Page, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is disturbed that many students are leaving the church once they graduate. Indeed, the Convention’s Council on Family Life reports that some 88 percent of children from evangelical homes are leaving the church shortly after they graduate from high school.
I wonder if it is not for these three reasons:
First, we give students what they want, instead of what they need. Some say this is making the gospel relevant to youth. But how relevant is the gospel if, once you are away from your parents, your head has a tough time leaving the pillow for ecclesiastical environs on Sunday mornings? One has to wonder if we have gone too far with age-segregation (which is hardly relevant in the “real” world), catering to perceived needs of teenagers (again, not relevant in later life), and isolating kids in an evangelical subculture (that is laughed at, actually, in “real” life). (READ MORE)
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Read my previous commentary HERE.