I read two stats this week that got my blood pressure up. Stat 1: “The typical church in England (which is culturally similar to Canada) has six adults for every child or student in their congregation.” Congregations are getting older. Stat 2: “72% of people who come to faith in Jesus do so before their 20th birthday.” Congregations need to be getting younger.
Now at Mountainside we are thankfully bucking this trend- we have lots of kids. However, with that blessing comes enormous responsibility. Are we going to be a church that disciples the next generation well, that sacrifices and risks for them? This morning as we talk this I pray you will be renewed in your prayerful commitment to the next generation and join your voice with the Psalmist, “we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done.”