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USA Today: ‘Forget the pizza parties,’ Teens tell churches

August 14, 2010

Only about one in four teens now participate in church youth groups, considered the hallmark of involvement; numbers have been flat since 1999. Other measures of religiosity — prayer, Bible reading and going to church — lag as well, according to Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif., evangelical research company. This all has churches canceling their summer teen camps and youth pastors looking worriedly toward the fall, when school-year youth groups kick in.

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  1. August 14, 2010 8:28 am

    Share the news about salvation. Read more >>>

  2. August 14, 2010 3:13 pm

    The problem with trying to reach people via “relevancy” is that the world is always more “relevant” (to perceived needs) than the church. People may come to church for a while to be entertained by a rock band, but sooner or later, they will realize that the world’s rock music is much better. True church growth must be accomplished with Jesus Christ and His gospel as the calling card, not pizza, skits, or “worship” bands.

  3. August 16, 2010 3:28 pm

    SOOOOO True!

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