The fastest growing religions in the US are as follows
- Agnostics ~ 700%
- Atheists ~ 220%
- Buddhism ~ 70%
- Muslim (Islam) ~ 33%
- Protestants ~ -5%
Yes, that is a negative 5% growth rate. What is that about and how do we turn it around? I spoke to the Bible Study group about this and how we can help the schools in Alexandria to improve. There are wonderful dedicated teachers, but we have parents who don't care, which trickles down to the kids.
I believe this is also biblical as the reason for the early church's growth was the local mission work of the apostles. They made a huge difference in the world around them. That is part of our call, as well.
So, how do we change this culture and help mentor the kids, who then mentor the parents, and we help mentor them? I am convinced we need to be in the front lines making this happen. How? I'm not sure, but in talking with Jim Willey (superintendent), the schools want our help.
Suggestions, anyone? I'll keep you posted as I meet with Willey again next week.