- Many churches across the United States consider a regular attendee someone who goes to church once a month. Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.
- Approximately three out of every ten children in the United States are being raised in single-parent homes. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition
- In 2006, around 35 percent of all births were to women who were separated, widowed, divorced, or never married. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition
- Presently, 28 percent of elementary and high school students live in single-parent circumstances. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 116, Kindle Edition
- One out of five homes crashes on the rocks of divorce. Garland, Comprehensive Guide, 1526
- Researchers are finding that many children raised in Christian homes are walking away from their faith as early as middle school and in even larger numbers after they finish high school. Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.
- Furthermore, more than ninety million American adults are unmarried. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition
- Herman Horne reported in 1909, “Family worship is almost an extinct custom (1)
- In a 1915 survey of congregational churches, 54.9 percent of church leaders reported “worship and religious training in the home” as “Poor” or “Hopeless” among their congregants (2)
- Studies have shown that moral and faith development are shaped in the early years of childhood (3)
- Studies have shown that moral and faith development are shaped in the early years of childhood. Some research shows that the moral compass of a child’s life is determined as early as age seven3 and that what one believes about God and eternity at the age of 13, he or she will most likely die believing (4)
Stressors Reported by Families
- "parent-child conflict" (33%),
- "a number of unsolved problems" (32%),
- "conflict in another family relationship" (30%),
- "disagreement about friends or activities" (27%)
- "lots of marital conflict" (21%).
Teenagers in the family
- More than 40% of families with teenagers have dinner together less than five times a week. Garland, Loc 3357
- Teens in families where dinners are infrequent and who report people using electronic equipment while they eat (cell phones, game technology) are far more likely to use tobacco, marijuana and alcohol as teens in families who eat together five or more times a week without electronics at the table (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2009).
- 9 out of 10 youth drop out of church after High School. (Spurious statistics that show the dissatisfaction with youth ministry in the 80´s and 90´s https://www.sbts.edu/family/2014/09/11/what-are-the-3-models-of-family-ministry/
(1) Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.