In a survey of Christian leaders – they were asked to identify the top ten “life issues” that they considered critical when looking at their people – especially their youth today. They published the top five priority issues…
1> That people who experience a transformed life in Christ – 84% of those answering the survey chose this one
2> That people would know why they believe what they believe (41%)
3> That people develop healthy relationships in life (35%)
4> That people learn to resist ungoly influences (23% of those surveyed)
5> That people discover and learn how to make right choices (18%)
The top five challenges facing Church leaders who deal with the youth of today:
1> Developing passionate followers of Christ
2> Making Christ and Scripture real and relevant
3> Getting people to know – and live – the truth
4> Helping people combat ungodly influences
5> Ministering intergenerationally (due to the large gap in values and attitudes between generations today).
It is interesting that those who conducted the survey concluded that these were all good but that the Church today was not addressing any of the above in any meaningful way. They concluded that to meet these needs and speak to these 5 priority issues will require a fundamental change in the way most churches are doing ministry.
It is time not for a renewal or a revival – we need a serious revolution in the way we approach ministry and today’s culture and their issues.