I have had a copy of Chap Clarks ‘Adoptive Church’ for over a month now, sent to me to write a review of it, for this blog, its a bit of an odd book to try and write a review of, that’s not to say that it is without merit, some very interesting points, but I guess for me, a book that only has a … Continue reading A practical prod to help churches be places where young people flourish, my review of ‘Adoptive Church’ (2018)
One minute you have them, all neat and tidy in rows upon rows, in small groups of small groups doing sunday school – the next minute theyre all gone! And, theyve stayed gone. Remembering that this situation isnt new (the drop off from the 2 million young people who attended sunday schools at aged 8 verses aged 12 was large, and that was pre 1900) … Continue reading ‘Where have the young people gone?’ 5 ways to get the long lost young people back into church
I am picking on Hartlepool for a reason. It is because it’s where I live. But the question could be asked of Altrincham, Barnet, Chester, Doncaster, Ely, Framlingham, Godmanchester, Harrow, Ilminster or anywhere else in the UK, and its the question we’re scared to ask. For, its far easy to speak in the universal, the general, and label culture, people groups or generations, and use … Continue reading Forget Millenials; Why does barely anyone in Hartlepool go to church?
I’ve done a little asking around of people who are involved in churches who are in their 20s-40’s, and asked them the same question; What kept you in church as a young person? The things that people have told me are ‘I was involved in the choir’ or ‘I was invited to the adults house group’ or ‘I helped with OHP (in the days before powerpoint – or … Continue reading Clergy: To keep young people in churches we need to ban youth groups