Oct 18, 2016

Why We Must Teach Kids Apologetics or Risk Losing Them

I recently shared 4 Big Reasons Why Kids Walk Away From Church When They Grow Up.  I'd like to dive a little deeper on the first reason - A Shallow Faith Foundation.

Stats show that 78% of "nones" (those who identify with no religion) grew up in church.  This means a high percentage of kids growing up in church are walking away.  But the even bigger issue are those who walk away from their faith completely.  50% of kids who walk away say it's because they no longer believe in God at all.

The root cause of this is a shallow faith and the finger is pointing directly at parents and church leaders.  We have skimmed the surface with doctrinal fluff and left them with no deep roots to survive the faith storms they face in a increasingly humanistic society.

Like never before, it's critical that we teach kids apologetics.  We must help them see why we believe what we believe.  We must ask the hard questions now and let them grapple with it.  It will be too late if they're left to fend for themselves in high school or college with no deep Biblical foundation to stand on.

This month, in our children's ministry, we're doing a series called Pranksters.



We're equipping kids to be able to answer the "pranksters" they will face who tell them the Bible is not God's Word.  We're taking a deep dive on...

  • Why we believe the Bible is God's Word and not just written by men.
  • Why we believe the Bible contains no errors. 
  • Why we believe the Bible is different than other religious books. 
  • Why we believe the Bible is for today.
We're looking at the hard questions...even to the point of having the kids work through verses that skeptics say contradict each other.  We want the kids looking at those verses now, when they can discover the right answers, versus looking at them for the first time in a college classroom where their faith can be shattered if they're not prepared.  I urge you to write apologetics into your curriculum.  If we don't, we risk losing the next generation.

We will be making the Pranksters series available to other churches.  If you'd like more information about it, you can contact me at dalehudsoncm2@gmail.com.

Your turn.  The floor is yours.  Do you think it's important to teach kids apologetics?  If so, what steps are you taking to do this?  What other good resources or curriculums are available for this?  Share your comments with us below. 

3 comments:

Yes, very important. Our children should be able to defend their faith. They should be able to explain to others in LOVE why they believe what they believe. We LOVE Jonathan Park Series. In Christ alone, April Young

Totally agree with this. Quite often we can be guilty of not equipping the children we lead to be able to defend their beliefs and also give them a solid foundation to do this. This term at our church we are doing a series called hard questions. I am from Sydney Australia- and am using a great resource made by CEP- an Australian Publishing company. Here is a link to this great resource- https://www.cepstore.com.au/images/file/Hard%20Questions.pdf

YES..!! A definite yes, that we should teach kids apologetics, make Biblical doctrines cear to them at their level & help them stand strong in front of a skeptical world.

I used FAITH CASE series. Just completed INVESTIGATING THE TRUTH which introduced our children to the 16 Fundamental Truths of our Pentecostal movement, ASSEMBLY OF GOD churches. To make it more indepth, we created our own workpages for children to discover the Truths themselves.
Answers in Genesis is another powerful apologetic ministry. We use their ANSWERS FOR KIDS which is build around the 7 Cs principles.

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