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'Churches are dying because young people are shut out . . .'
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published: October 13, 2011 12:09 PM
"The blame for the problem resides largely with the established churches because unless they pass the torch, how can they expect a new generation to do anything other than leave? But passing the torch requires more than superficial changes like different music, a Steve Jobs dress code, and really good coffee in the fellowship hall or foyer. Before any of that, there’s a mindset that’s vital if churches are to be genuinely intergenerational. As our church, started in 1916, has cultivated these values, we’ve seen our average age drop to 33, with about half the attenders ranging between 18-30 in age. What values must be priority if this is to happen?"