Nine out of ten young people leave the church as soon as they graduate. That is, churches are losing 90% or (in another version) 88% of their children. Have you heard that? Has your congregation, alarmed at these statistics, started elaborate youth group programs or family ministries? Or scrapped your traditional worship services and brought in new styles of music that someone thinks will appeal to the young people? Well, quite a few teenagers and young adults do drop out of church once they leave home, at least for awhile. This is indeed a problem. But the 90% number is yet another bogus statistic, as Timothy Paul Jones shows.
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