In Baton Rouge our Youth Pastor took the Church Van down a street and asked 3 little girls if they wanted to come to Sunday School, saying, “We’ll have pizza.” Sunday morning there were 30 kids wanting to go to Sunday School. For the pizza those 3 little girls went up and down their street saying, “Hey! Come to Sunday School; they’re serving pizza!”
We need more programming for the youth, in addition to Holy Moly. For example, we need to re-initiate Sunday School for the youth. At least one of our young people feels like she has been missing out on programming suitable for her age group since about her 4th grade year, compared to some of her friends in other churches, in regard to having Sunday School or other educational forums specifically for kids and young people. Perhaps a contemporary service might be more of a draw to kids and young people.
Also, if we would be able to have a full-time Program Coordinator, like we dream about in the Future Story, this could be an additional resource whose main job is to focus on programs within the church, which definitely would have kids and young people as a key component of that focus.
A program that is specifically mentioned in Our Future Story is Children Worship and Wonder. This is a popular and successful model for Sunday morning Christian education and faith formation that has worked in Disciples churches in Indiana and other regions. With programming such as this, we should have a much better success rate in attracting and keeping young families.