Three hours a day! Five days a week! Two years!
While speaking recently at Calvary Chapel School of Ministry in Costa Mesa, I had an interesting conversation with the man who started the school in 1989. He showed me pictures of every graduating class, identified the graduates and told where they currently serve in ministry. Many had graduated years before and yet more than 80% are still in ministry today! That's an amazing success story.
I asked why so many of their graduates remain in ministry when it is common that many leave ministry after only a few short years.
His answer, "We train our people for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 years." Contrast that to the fact that up to 88 percent of the children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18, never to return.
If so much can be accomplished with intensive training during a short two-year period, how much more can we, as parents, pastors, Bible teachers, Sunday School teachers and brothers and sisters in Christ, influence our youth in the 18 years from birth until they leave the nest? Shouldn't we be doing exactly what this school is doing -- training our youth to be missionaries, ambassadors for the Lord, and equipping them with knowledge and understanding of God and His Word? I wonder how many homes spend even three hours a week biblically training their children? Our children are being "trained" by the world, so if we aren't training them at home it's no wonder that they're walking away from their faith in such large numbers and turning from the Lord to the ways of the world.
I'm not saying that you'll need to spend many hours each day teaching Bible lessons. What I am saying is that as parents we need to be involved, and we need to take the Christian education of our children as seriously as we do their other studies and activities.
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]