I’m sure you have heard the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Sadly many of us fall into this trap with our churches…year after year we keep doing the very same things and expecting results to change.  As our culture continues to shift to a secular one, away from Christian values it is vital that we remain grounded in the Word while also remaining committed to adapting methodology that actually reaches lost people.  Carey Nieuwhof compiled a solid list of: “9 Things That Worked in the Church a Decade Ago That Don’t Today” Here is number one from that list:

 Relying on an automatic return to church

There was a day when you could fairly safely assume that once young adults got married and had a child, they would automatically come back to church.

Those days are gone or largely gone. (You can catch more about what’s changed in Episode 24 of my podcast where I interview David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group.)

The average unchurched person doesn’t think about going to church any more than the average Christian thinks about going to synagogue. It just doesn’t cross their mind.

Having an exceptional next generation ministry that reaches out to the community is critical.

Want a better way to impact families? I know of no better approach than this.

The Orange strategy is the strategy we use, and our kids’ ministry is the fastest growing ministry at our church.

You can’t assume families will reach out to you, so you need to reach out to them.

See the other eight HERE