Honestly, younger generations are going to leave religion in larger and larger numbers and there is not a whole lot churches can do about it. More and more kids today get college degrees and higher, and there is a decrease in religiosity with increased education. The current generations are also, through globalization and the internet, able to learn about and talk to people from other cultures and religions and ideologies- this makes them more liekly to question those they were raised with.
I think a promise to not judge I have pink hair and piercings can't step foot in a church because they are too judgemental just because I don't look a certain type of way doesn't mean I don't believe in god
Young people need to know that the church is not what the mainstream media, their friends, their family, etc. are telling them it is! They need to know it is what Jesus promises: A safe place, a place of freedom, a place of real people with real problems just like they have. They need to be able to meet Jesus there & get to know who He is through us...His love & grace & forgiveness, but also His wisdom! Young people get false advertising & clichés everywhere else they look. From the church, they need authenticity! Many churches are doing a lot of "preaching,", but not a lot of "showing." Young people need to see Jesus in action through us. But that's just my opinion. Hope this helps.
They need the church to lie to them no more. The church should be a social gathering and nothing else, they should remove the dogma altogether and get secular funding as government safe house for abused children. Young people need churches to die.
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A pool table, play stations, help with school/college work,trips out, canteen, adventure holidays, climbing wall, absailing, canoeing, canteen, team building exercises, badminton and no preaching about religion, or anything religious.
The Church needed to make a decision on something a long time ago, and it chose poorly. It needed to decide whether science should alter what they believe, or whether they should bunker down. They chose the latter, and now they have been exposed as deceitful and dishonest. Have they apologized? Have they admitted that if their Bible doesn't match the physical facts of our existence, that the Bible must be wrong, and must be changed? No.
They continue to claim that the Bible is the inerrant word of a Bronze Age god, and that it is just as applicable to our lives today as it was 2,000 years ago, AND that changing it would be sacrilegious. They have decided to stick with a losing argument. And only the older, set-in-their-ways bigots can't see that they're all on their way out.
What if they had changed their conclusions on what the Bible says, based on current research? Would they be more viable today? Maybe. And maybe not. It is becoming increasingly clear though, that their tactics are aimed at confusing a simple populace, not convincing the educated. Let me say that again.
They try to confuse the simple-minded. Instead of bothering with those who know better.
Jesus primary work while here on earth was to teach. Matthew chapter 4 verse 24 tells us that he would travel from place to place "teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom." As regards to the origin of the things he taught, Jesus proclaimed, “What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me." (John 7:16) Before he left the Earth he commanded his followers, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you." In general churches have failed as regards to educating the masses as to what God's kingdom is and what hope it holds for mankind. Not only that but unlike Jesus they prefer to "teach commands of men as doctrines" rather than those expressed in God's Word. (read Matthew 15:3-9)
It's not what churches aren't doing, it's what people desire. Churches have wonder away from the Bible. Just over 100 years ago, churches refuses to use musical instruments, because Christ never authorized them, but slowly but surely churches gave in and allowed them because it's what people wanted, and to keep them there these churches turned to vain worship to please man. Today, the younger generations demand more and more to hold their attention, pushing churches further and further from the truth. People want to get something out of church, but fail to realize that God commands us to put into worship.
Preparation for Armageddon & to be taught to walk in the Spirit. Many churches are not teaching the youth of today that to call the lost into the Kingdom, we need to love them, accept them, understand them, pray for them, have mercy on them. Instead they are learning that judging the world & holding them to biblical standards is the way to bring souls to Christ.
People, Christians need the fellowship with other Christians. Churches have gone away from teaching the Word to conform to the world. Stuck in traditions, and rules set out by the church, not God. As the church conforms to the world, the less followers they will have.
Churches are focusing too much on expanding their territory and making their current housing better. They need to focus more on helping young people with cancers like Leukemia or helping the youth find jobs. They need to focus less on their worship and more on things that are actually useful.