Our Diocese is looking at ways in which Churches record their Average Sunday Attendance figures for Young People, in a welcome attempt not to punish Churches with an active Youth/Student Ministry... We have all been asked to count how many 16-20 year olds are "average Sunday attenders" answering in one of the following ways...
- We do NOT have any 16-20 year olds in full time education attending on an average Sunday - true or false?
- We have not been able to make a realistic estimate of the number of 16-20 year olds in full time education attending on a normal Sunday - true or false?
- We think that the average number of the number of 16-20 year olds in full time education attending on an normal Sunday so far this year has been - number?
As someone who spent 13 years as a Youth Minister I very much applaud the intention of this exploration i.e. to prevent Churches who have an active Youth/Student Ministry from being penalized and I'm not saying there is an obvious answer or that Share in some format may in the end turn out to be an appropriate method, simply that perhaps the time is right to address these questions in a more *radical* manner.