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Friday, January 22, 2010

Some Interesting Stats For Christian Kids

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We regularly receive a newsletter called The Parent Link through our church’s youth ministry. It’s full of good information, ideas and thought-provoking articles to get us parents of teens communicating with our kids.

There’s also a fair amount of disturbing statistics shared in the pages. Chew on some of these:

* In Group Magazine’s annual survey of almost 30,000 Christian teenagers, 52% of kids said “Spending time with my parents is one of my favorite things to do.” But almost 40% said “I’m around my parents a lot, but we rarely have long, enjoyable conversations.”

* More than two-thirds (69%) of young people approve of living together before marriage. And almost half (49%) of “churched” kids approve of this arrangement. (Gallup Poll)

* Studying a group he calls “Mosaics,” those born between 1984 and 2002, Kinnaman found that 84% of those young people knew at least one committed Christian, but only 15% of this same group could see a difference in lifestyle between themselves and their self-proclaimed Christian friends. (David Kinnaman, author of Unchristian: What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity)

Stats like these tell me we have work to do. It’s not enough to presume that our child falls outside these figures. Unless we know otherwise for sure, we have to actively disciple our children in God’s truths and exemplify them daily in our lives at home, at work and in the community.

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