We’re losing the younger generations from the US church. The world is capturing them. You will be excited to learn what AiG is doing about this—and what comes next.
Consider these shocking statistics from the USA:
In 2010, the Pew Research Center found millennial church attendance was down to 18%. Now, in 2018, GSS Data Explorer showed church attendance with the younger generations was down to 11.3%. And it’s much worse in the rest of the Western world.
Loss of the younger generations from the church also corresponds with the increasing secularization of the culture and moral relativism that permeates thinking. Look at these sad recent statistics from Gallup about those claiming to be LGBT:
God’s Word has much to say concerning the role of parents in training their children in the ways of the Lord. In Malachi 2:15, God reminds us that one of the primary reasons for marriage is to produce “godly offspring.” Not just offspring, but “godly offspring.”
We all need to be challenged by these words from Psalm 78:
He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God. (Psalm 78:5–7)
Much of the church and many church families have not raised up the younger generations to stand boldly and uncompromisingly on God’s Word beginning in Genesis.
Sadly, as I’ve said many times, much of the church and many church families have not raised up the younger generations to stand boldly and uncompromisingly on God’s Word beginning in Genesis. There’s been a great neglect in teaching apologetics (i.e., answers to the skeptical attacks on God’s Word in today’s world) and in teaching a truly Christian worldview so that they know what they believe and why. And this neglect (along with rampant compromise with evolutionary ideas) has greatly contributed to the generational loss from the church.
Ever since the pre-cursor of the Answers in Genesis ministry began in our home in Australia in 1977, I’ve always had an emphasis on producing resources to help parents train up children to be ready for this hostile, anti-Christian world.
So, the above statistics can make us feel depressed and disheartened. But I want to encourage you.
Recently I put together a list of what the Lord has burdened Answers in Genesis to provide to help parents in their task of raising “godly offspring.” I was actually amazed when I realized all we are doing through this ministry to impact children and teens. AiG provides many other resources as well. But look at what is provided for the younger generations:
I feel exhausted just going through that list! There’s so much more I could write. But now let me share something exciting.
Because many parents who don’t live in our area have asked for lab-intensive programs—we can now offer those programs one-week labs for high schoolers.
AiG was given the funds from a family foundation to finish the lower level of the Answers Center with flexible rooms to help provide more programs for children and teens. The Explore programs and high school labs at the Creation Museum are usually booked out, leading many parents pleading with us to have more availability for their kids. Also, because many parents who don’t live in our area have asked for lab-intensive programs—we can now offer those programs one-week labs for high schoolers. (We couldn’t accommodate such a program at the small lab at the Creation Museum.)
In the lower level of the Ark’s Answers Center, a large room was constructed for a laboratory to seat 48 students. The funds donated do not include lab equipment—but the spaces are ready for it!
It will cost $500,000 to equip this lab. This money is needed for microscopes and stereoscopes, general lab equipment (glassware, dissection kits, safety ware, chemicals), a safety chemical cabinet, portable vacuum hood, lab stations for 48 students (benches and stools), cabinets for the walls, smartboard, monitors, AV, and special blue tooth devices with sensors for data analysis—a phenomenal teaching tool for the students. We already have one supporter who gave us seed money of $100,000 to encourage others to give.
The purchase of this lab equipment is vital to these important programs for children and teens at the Ark Encounter to hear the message that there is no real “science vs. the Bible” conflict. (In fact, scientists like Newton, Faraday, and Pasteur were Bible-believing Christians!)
We need to teach a biblical worldview to as many of the younger generations as we can. Parents want and need our help.
We’re so grateful for your prayers and gifts to help us complete the funding of this exciting laboratory project!
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.