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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Paul3144, Apr 24, 2010.
How many young people does your church have? What percentage of your church is young?
What do you consider young? Under 18? I think there might be 35 or 40 on any given Sunday.
Under 30? Add another 75 to that.
Let me better say that 43 and up amounts to maybe 35 to 50 people. The other 300 or so are under 43.
Under 35. If you're 42 you're not young; you're middle-aged.
Most of the church I regularly attend are 20's and 30 somethings.
For me what is considered "young" vs "old" seems to change fairly regularly.
Just about once a year.
Usually its pretty close to my birthday, for some strange reason.
I can't believe you said that. I'm going to get my rolling pin!
20% under 18
55% 19 to 50
25% over 50
I think, just from observing my fellow church members. I've never seen any stats gathered on age officially.
I'd say the general demographic of our church is families with kids. We have a decent number of youth, not as many young singles but a lot of families with kids and a decent number of older marrieds with grown kids and seniors. But generally, I'd guess that we're pretty good in the 30-40 crowd??
75% of our church members are between the ages of 21-25 in our deaf church. A very good age group to work with. The other 25% are 50+ (including the pastor- :laugh.
I hear ya!
Our deaf church is also mostly younger people from what I can see. We do have some older (one of the men who does most of the preaching is in his 60s) but we have a number of young single and young marrieds in there too.
The average age at our church is probably 70+, no exaggeration. At 57, I am one of the younger ones. Ages 13-55 are practically non existent. However, I am very excited about a ministry in our church of young people. On Wednesday nights, we have a van ministry that picks up children from broken homes, maybe 20 or so. The women who work with them are amazing. This is the one time during the week they are getting solid Bible teaching and a sense of caring. We follow up with visitations to the parents to try and get them to church as a family. It is a great ministry, in fact, the one God has us most involved in at the moment.
Right now our number of youth attending our services are very low. If this were a static number then I would be rather worried. However, our pastor is rather new and young and we will be ordaining our new youth pastor tonight (I won't... my first opportunity to help in an ordination as a deacon and I'm sick). We also have a good crowd on Wednesday nights for our youth group and our youth pastor is working on transitioning that into church attendance instead of just showing up on Wednesday nights.
We have a decent number of young marrieds, about 20%. The 35-55 range (where I'm at) would make up another 20%. The balance is all seniors. As I said, if this were a static number I would be worried as the seniors are slowly dying off, but, though this may sound horrid, that's a good thing. The seniors in the church are the ones who oppose any changes being made to anything. We have lost a few of the most vocal ones this past year and that has made a difference in that we have been more able to bring about some of the many changes needed within the church.
The number of "young" (my age group:smilewinkgrinfamilies in my church are slowly growing. Right now I'd say the under 50 population is about 35%. I teach a youth class on Wednesday night, 14 to 17 yrs old, and I only had three students. When we started back in August we had 6 students. No, I'm not that bad at teaching, the families have moved away and such. I wish we had more young people.
Wait, as soon as I crossed over 35 I become middle-aged? Gonna go read the Christian and depression thread now.
I the think the Church (not one specific church) is missing the mark in regards to young people. Our children are facing a more secular society and more and more the Christian faith is being assaulted by atheists and members of other religions who are vehemently opposed to anything Christian. We're not equipping them well enough to deal with this. "Sunday school" stories of Jonah, David, Daniel, etc. are wonderful and do convey a good message but they do nothing in the way of preparing them to deal with anti-Christian propaganda. Other "young" people who are saved and baptised are not being nourished in their new faith. They go before the church, profess their salvation, get baptised and get a handshake or a hug, maybe a new bible, and then they're on their own. Many of them are saying, "I'm saved, now what?" They've just been reborn into a new life and like any newborn they need to be cared for an fed, by the Word of God in this case. I'm not saying this is the case in every church and I don't have all of the fixes to these problems but I do realize there is a problem and all Christians need to face it and fix it before it's too late and ours becomes a nation of Muslims or atheists. That's just my 2 cents, would someone else like to stand on the soap box now?
Under the age of 35 I would say about 55 to 60%