The Day of Jubilee has dawned so bright

I need to have a narrow focus for a moment.  I am not trying to be cynical or overly-critical, I just want some dialogue, so I hope you will dive into this with me.  This is something I get asked about quite a bit, and while I have my opinions, I'm not sure what the answer is.

As a group within Christianity (we refuse the word "denomination") the Church of God (Anderson, IN) is struggling... and has been for quite some time.   The vast majority of congregations are stagnant or declining, while congregations of some other "tribes" are growing and thriving.  Walk into many of our congregations and you will ask, "Where are the people under 60?" 

And here, for me, is the meat of the matter:  why are so many young voices in the Church of God, Pastors, Youth Pastors, Worship Leaders, etc. jumping ship?  Has anyone else noticed that this has reached epidemic proportions?

And if we can define the problem, what can we do to turn the tide?  What can be done beyond of suggesting a great book about being at "the Crossroads"?

I know a lot of you guys may have an opinion, but not feel safe in posting it as a comment.  I would love to hear from you anyway - email me at pastor@oaklawnchog.com if this is you.

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