Tuesday, October 12, 2021

We Must Teach the "Whys"

I know I have been writing a lot lately about how essential it is for those who serve in Children's Ministry to teach the "whats" and the "whys". Clearly we teach the "whats" - what we believe, but few churches teach the "whys" - why we are able to believe what we believe. There are two main reasons for this - one, publishers do not include the "whys" in the curriculum we use and two, we have never stopped to think about teaching the "whys".

Let's start with why we need to teach the "whys" - Barna's studies clearly show we are losing the next generation to atheism. Look at this link, read the article, and you will learn the heartbreaking results which show Gen Z is turning away from faith in Jesus to atheism at double the rate of any previous generation. These young people are turning away from faith - which tells us they have typically been taught the "whats" - to atheism - which tells us they have not been taught the "whys". This also clearly shows us why we must teach the "whys".

And as far as our publishers go . . . we need to contact them and ask them to add the "whys" to the resources we buy from them. If enough church leaders did this, they will absolutely add the "whys". Please do this now - contact the publisher of the curriculum resource you use on Sundays, and Wednesdays, and for VBS and ask them to add the "whys". 

We do not have to sit helplessly by and watch as more of the children we love turn away from their faith in Jesus to atheism. We are able to teach the "whys". We must teach the "whys".

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