We believe that the modern (20th century only) practice of separating children from their parents is producing poor, unfruitful results. For example, there is a documented high rate of promiscuity in youth groups. It has also been documented that a very high percentage of those active in youth groups do not stay in the church after they leave the youth group. The largest group of people missing from the pews of American churches today is the 19-29 age group. The youth group approach is a false hope and the results (or lack their of) prove this.
The modern myth of “adolescence” is just that, a myth. Children do not have to go through a stage of rebellion. The word teenager is a recent, modern term. It was never contemplated until modern humanistic principals (in the last 50 years) sought to challenge the biblical view of children staying under the authority of their parents and learning to honor and obey them.
The Bible also teaches that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; that a companion of fools will be foolish; and to flee youthful lusts. Youth groups tend to encourage and foster immaturity, peer dependency, a spirit of rejecting parental authority – all in the name of ministry. This results in young people who are more concerned with being accepted by their peers than they are of being taught and trained by their parents.
Age segregated teaching also clearly has its origin in evolutionary, humanistic, and non-biblical methodology. Instead of placing our youth into a peer group separated from their older, wiser parents, we believe in adhering to the biblical model. This scriptural teaching is found in Deutoronomy 6, where fathers are responsible for the ministry to youth. And if you read that passage, you’ll see that it should be a ministry that occurs seven days a week. This is one of many examples of the danger of the Church not recognizing its jurisdiction. Whenever jurisdiction is overstepped, it either creates conflict, or causes one party to nullify their responsibilities within that jurisdiction.