A child generally becomes a communicant member of a WELS congregation when s/he is 13. What are the chances that child will belong to a WELS congregation when they are 33? The answer: about 50%
Approximately half of young WELS members drift away. Some drift into other Christian churches. Most drift into nothingness. They stop going to church altogether.
When mom and dad talk about spiritual things at home, that impresses upon the children that life is about more than grades and sports. When family prayer is something that is done daily, it teaches the children that of all the conversations they have in a day, none is more important than when they bring their cares and concerns to their true Father. When parents open up the Bible with children, what blessings result! And when a father demonstrates that church paramount in his life, it makes it substantially more likely that his children remain WELS when they grow up.
This reality makes it imperative that leaders think strategically about the way their congregation approaches youth discipleship. It may unintentionally help parents to disconnect from the discipling of their children.
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3360 Nebraska Ave
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8353 Monclova Rd
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