Skye Jethani argues that part of the problem the church is having with retaining young adults is that there is precious little teaching on vocation – despite our rich Reformation heritage of teaching on precisely that topic.
For the last few decades the church has readily accepted the centrality of marriage and family. In fact, most churches have organized their entire philosophy of ministry around the nuclear family with age-segmented learning, marriage enrichment courses and retreats, and biblical instruction geared toward healthy household relationships. The evangelical church has learned to indeed “focus on the family.” And while there are problems with the way this is sometimes executed, which I will not address in this post, for the most part it makes sense if you are married with children.
And that is the problem.