Why They Stay

Helping Parents and Church Leaders Make Investments That Keep Children and Teens Connected to the Church for a Lifetime

by Dr. Steve R. Parr & Dr. Tom Crites



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/2/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 242
ISBN : 9781512708813
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781512708837
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781512708820

About the Book

Do you want your children to be actively serving in the local church when they turn thirty and beyond? Why The Stay can help! Much has been written about younger adults and their departure from church involvement. Concerned parents and church leaders want to know what has caused them to depart. Instead of asking why young adults are leaving the church, Parr and Crites conducted a national research project of those who grew up in church and are still serving faithfully. They studied why they have stayed and the results are compelling. You will learn as a parent, pastor, or church leader specific actions that you can take to make a definitive difference in whether or not the fifteen-year-olds attending your church now are still attending and serving when they turn thirty.

You will discover:
fifteen factors that make a great difference in the
likelihood that children and teens will remain in church as adults
ten issues that make somewhat of a difference in lifetime involvement
five surprises that do not make as much difference as you might think
the greatest gap discovered in the ministry focus of a church
actions you can take as a parent that greatly increase the likelihood your children will remain faithful to church when they are adults
strategies church leaders can implement that increase the probability that children and youth-group members will serve in the church as adults

Why They Stay is much more than numbers and data. Parr and Crites share from their personal experiences, and the information can help you be more effective in your parenting and church leadership.

About the Author

Dr. Thom Rainer referred to Steve Parr as one of the brightest minds alive today on church issues. You will discover why as you read this book. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Coffee Shop that Changed a Church. In partnership with co-author and research specialist Dr. Tom Crites, you will be challenged as never before as a parent or church leader with what they discovered.