You're aware of the distressing statistics about teenagers and young adults falling away from active church participation.
Rather than wringing you hands I suggest you (a) pray for kids and teenagers and young adults! and (b) implement some of the intergenerational ideas in this interview.
- The concept of segregating youth is actually quite modern. (I like to point out that the word "teenager" is, too!)
- There is a strong link between kids staying in church after they graduate and their involvement in intergenerational relationships and worship.
- Teenagers are up to the challenge of full engagement and meaningful relationships with adults of all ages.
- Strive for have 5 adults who build into one kid. (I suggest a good metric is to have 5 people building into every person in your church, irrespective of age!) Serving together is the key approach.
- Parents and adults should share about their own spiritual journeys with younger people.
- The generation gap is widest today on communications technology -- an area with kids can be leaders in our churches!