Churches need to invest in discipleship-oriented children’s ministries, or else they could be “standing on a burning platform,” said Matt Markins, head of the child discipleship organization Awana.
Referring to a Barna Group study, Marlins said most children develop their worldview by age 13, and it is “largely fixed,” The Christian Post reports.
“If we’re looking at age 18 as the deadline, we’re actually looking at the wrong deadline,” Markins said. “It’s not 18, it’s 13, because the Barna Group said worldview formation is set by then. Churches really need to be investing in children, because it’s what we’re doing with the 8-year-olds that is forming what’s going to become the 13-year-olds.”
He said developing a worldview must start when people are children because it’s not a “youth group conversation.”
“The Church looks to the canary in the coal mine as the high school dropout rate [when] students walk away from the Church after high school. But the purpose of the canary in the coal…