You have now approached one of my top ten reasons why the local church is broken….
#5 a demographic view
when the church adopted the sunday school model in the 19th century which was so highly influenced by the secular British social work movement….
And then added the American post WWII demographic principles so well articulated by Madison Avenue, we decided to build a church of silos, due to supposedly generational “interests”. In fact the church fully bought into this pig in a poke
Family’s thankfully didn’t completely adopt this model, unlike the church they actually believed that great aunt betty, pappy pepper, grammy ethel did have some value to them and their children.
In fact those line faces’s value many times was moral, and at times the questions were iniated by the young like “what did you do in Korea?”, “how did you date without a car?”, “Was YOUR dad talking to your dates, like mine?”.
I can’t tell you how many incredulous looks and responses I’ve gotten from youth pastors about their silos and integrating everyone, “they won’t be interested…” is a classical response.
Most churches still believe that they are educators, educating the ten commandments, the beatitudes, the jonah story.
But the real job by the parents and the church is to create DESIRE. Sit back and read Proverbs, 25% of the book or more is about desire, especially in its dramatic beginning and its pauses.
The local church has failed its, because we have ignored the counsel of a part of the body despising another. Fundamentally this anamethic teaching is embraced, operated, and defended everyday in the church. In fact we even like to market it on our bulletins, brochures, and web sites.
Jesus was probably successfuly because he DID NOT go the religious schools of his day, Paul was probably successful BECAUSE of his hellenization extending beyond his studies in the line of Hillel.