|Blind leading the Blind|
Her article started by speaking of a magazine cover on American Family Association Journey March Edition for 2011. WELL the first thing I wanted to do was look at the article before I continued to read what she had to say. I wanted to be sure I knew what she was talking about first by looking at her reference!
In my last post to everyone I pointed out that double standards cause confusion within the church. When I clicked the article in question that Waneta Dawn was speaking about? Something just stuck me right over the head, and I wondered is the blind leading the blind here? Let me quote from the article:
The Billy Graham Association conducted a survey recently and the results should be disheartening to Christians. Of people in the Builder Generation, also known as the Greatest Generation, 65% profess to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But the slide is steep from there. About 35% of Baby Boomers profess faith in Christ, 15% of Generation X, and only 4% of Generation Y.Let me place my business hat on here for a moment, and tell me if you DON'T see what I see!
Why the dramatic drop? According to the 2000 census, the majority of children at that time came from single or blended families. Jim Weidmann, executive director of Heritage Builders, said this causes a society in which people don’t have good faith mentors in their lives, so they don’t know how to model faith to their children. “A statistic quoted by a pastor in Texas was that only 10% of parents talk to their kids about spiritual things,” said Weidmann. “That means 90% don’t!”
Weidmann said one surefire way to stop the hemorrhage of faith in Christ in this nation is for men to take on their God-given duty and become spiritual leaders in their homes. He shared the following thoughts with AFA Journal.
Keep in mind I realize the church isn't a business - I'm going to talk about business principals that most churches SHOULD be aware of already.
We have a fall in numbers for people that are claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ. It fell from what would seem 90% during days past to 65% then to:
35% of Baby Boomers
15% generation X
4% generation Y
NOW as a business person if those were percentages for profits, number of customers, or what have you? That is a SERIOUS drop! You are bankrupt already if your company's margins went to 4%. You were in REAL trouble prior to that, and good luck EVEN keeping your doors open with 35%! That's the reality here, because most churches do have overhead like electricity, mortgage/rent, etc.
Now you can see also from above as well the cause they have identified or hemorrhage is also a good term. It was due to single parent homes, or blended families numbers that are growing in our society. That's their claim okay? According to the 2000 census, the majority of children at that time came from single or blended families.
NOW from a business point of view YOUR lucky you found your bottleneck. Your business isn't reaching the single parent homes, or the blended families homes. They are not doing business with you for what reasons?