Culture At Large

Is Sunday School Failing?

Jerod Clark recently posted some research coming from Ken Ham’s new book Already Gone that takes a look at trends that suggest Sunday school is failing at making long term disciples.

The findings focus on 20 to 29-year-old evangelicals.  Around 95% of those surveyed regularly attended church in elementary and middle schools.  As other research has shown, those who attended church starts to dwindle in high school and plummet in college.

The research goes on to find that those who attended Sunday school (61%) are more likely to hold the following stances than those who didn’t attend Sunday school (39%):

- do not believe that all the accounts and stories in the Bible are true

- doubt the Bible because it was written by men

- defend keeping abortion legal

- accept the legalization of gay marriage

- believe in evolution

- believe that good people don’t need to go to church

Kent Shaffer at Church Relevance came to this conclusion:

On the one hand, I believe that every children’s ministry can absolutely improve what they do. There is always room for improvement, but I also think these failed children’s ministries are the byproduct of failed churches.

If you want to reach and disciple children, you must reach and disciple their parents. Church going kids spend only 1% of their time at church, 20% at school, 30% sleeping, and much of the rest watching TV and playing. Children’s ministers can determine the 1%, but it is the parents who have the power to decide what reaches their kids during the other 99%. If you disciple the parents, you disciple the kids.

What’s your take?

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