STICKY FAITH

Statistics to get our attention

  • Barna Group report – 61% of young adults (early to mid twenties) had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged.
  • Gallup Polls report – 40% of 18-29 year-olds who attended church when they were sixteen or seventeen years old are no longer attending.
  • Fuller Seminary (College Transition Project) – 389 high school seniors were tracked beginning during Spring of senior year through four years of college. Students were all “active” in their church youth ministry. The survey results concluded that 40-50% of “churched” students will leave their faith during college.
    • 30-60% of these students will return to their faith during their late twenties.

 

Creating Sticky Faith in our Kids

  • The researches made a few conclusions based on their interviews concerning the factors that seemed to be consistent among the students that did not leave their faith. In other words, what help to create a Sticky Faith with these particular students?

 

    • It’s never too late.
    • It’s never too early.

 

  • The Sticky Gospel

 

      • Focus on trusting God versus obeying God.
      • Frame discussion and activities as opportunities to Know and Trust Christ.
      • Respond with Grace when your child misbehaves.

 

  • Sticky Indentity

 

        • Remember that your child is God’s beloved creation.
        • Treat each child as an individual
        • Use your community to develop personal indentity
        • Use rituals to reinforce identity.
        • Help your child grow through hardship.

 

  • Sticky Faith Conversations

 

        • Provide space and time for quality conversations – be intentional
        • Learn to listen and ask questions, not lecture.
        • Tackle the tough topics.
        • Be creative if/when your children don’t want to talk with you.
        • Share your own faith.
        • Talk about your doubts.
        • Develop conversation rituals.

 

  • A Sticky Web of Relationships

 

        • Be intentional and encourage mentoring.
        • Develop diverse friendships
        • Add intergenerational activities to church calendar

 

  • A Sticky Bridge out of Home

 

      • Trust God with your child.
      • Let your child know your unconditional love.
      • Don’t do for your child what they can do for themselves.