Within Methodism, many of our congregations are somewhat on the elderly side. Whilst this has the plus for my ego of causing many churchgoers to regard me as young, it does raise the important question as to why there is a huge missing age group from many mainline congregations.
I have never believed that this is because spirituality is in decline. On the contrary it seems to me that people are as much spiritual seekers today as ever they were. The problem seems to me that we within the churches are failing to meet that spiritual hunger.
Sally in her blog has done us all the service of providing us with the stories of a number of young people who have walked away from the church having found that it has not met their needs.
We need to read these stories and to learn from them. Thanks to sally and the young people who have shared their stories. Otherwise we shall continue to lose gifted young people with so much to offer the people of God.