“We make kids believe the Christian faith is all about them,” he explained. “Once you’re done with children’s church, you go to the middle-school program. Then you go to the high school program. Then you graduate, and if there’s not a gathering of people exactly your age, you say, ‘Forget it, I’m not going.’
“We need to change. What we’re doing isn’t working.”
When students are part of intergenerational ministry, such as congregational worship and mission trips, they are about 75 percent more likely to remain in church after they graduate, Fetters said.