Thursday, September 21, 2006

Old geezers don't come to know Jesus?

Wrong, says Charles Arn. And I suspect he is right. Maybe it is the church that doesn't have a clue and is woefully unprepared for the coming "Age Wave."

Only 6.8 percent of those who become Christians and new church members are over age 50, and only 1.2 percent are over 60. In addition, two-thirds of churches with 1,000 or more members in the United States reported “1” or “0” senior adults added to their membership through “conversion growth” in the previous year.

One of three conclusions can be drawn …

    1) The older people grow, the more resistant they become to the Gospel; thus, fewer older adults convert.

    2) Churches allocate the bulk of their outreach resources to youth and younger adults; thus, fewer older adults convert.

    3) Evangelism strategies practiced by churches today are more effective for people in the first half of life; thus, fewer older adults convert.

From my involvement in older adult ministry for the last 11 years, I've observed that the first conclusion is completely untrue, the second is often true, and the third is almost always true.

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At 1:10 PM, Blogger see-through faith said...

it can also be that we tend to 'write off' senior citizens and younger people at least don't bother to talk to them at all.

Sad :(

Our church has precious few people over the age of 50 :(

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