Good New For Men About Their Teens!
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, April 24 2005 19:00|
Are teens alienated by religion, dropping out of church, disconnected from the adults in their churches, and searching for a “new religion”?
“Not so,” say Christian Smith, principal researcher for the recently completed National Study of Youth and Religion and a sociologist at UNC, along with his associate, Melinda Lundquist Denton, in their new scholarly book, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford Press, 2005, p. 266).
It gets better. The telephone survey of 3,290 English and Spanish speaking teenagers, supplemented by over 250 in person interviews, found generally that...
So what are the problems? According to the authors...
And what, then, are the opportunities and solutions?
Smith and Denton say, “Leaders concerned with youth largely need simply to better engage and challenge the youth already at their disposal, to work better to help make faith a more active and important part of their lives” (p. 266). Among their recommendations...
So where did all the myths about teens come from? Smith and Denton suggest we have been too quick to generalize from vague impressions we get from media and other sources. Also, we probably project impressions left over from our own youth onto today’s teens.
Bottom line: Today’s teens, by and large, are ready, willing, and able to adopt the faith of their fathers. So we need to help their fathers grow, and give their fathers a vision to pass on a legacy of authentic faith in Jesus Christ. This will address the systemic problems facing our teens. It’s another important war zone in what we call The Battle For Men’s Souls.
Together in the Battle for Men's Souls,