The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today
For anyone who works with children and young people in a church setting, Naomi Thompson’s book Young People and the Church since 1900 contains a stark warning. It covers a time when ministry among children in the UK was at its numerical peak before virtually disappearing.
In the late 1800’s more than 2 million children in the UK attended Sunday schools. As Thompson’s research indicates, this had dropped to just over 500,000 by the mid 1950s and 60s. It was a movement that was responding to a crisis of uptake (fewer children were attending) and a crisis of progression (fewer children were staying). Both of these continue to be questions for children and youth workers today.
How can the Church retain children and young people?Unsplash
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