I guess I can't really speak for all of America or all of youth culture or whatever on this one.
But I will simply say from my own experience over the past 6 years at Journey at least... we don't just have an absentee dad issue, we have an absentee adult issue.. and it's at Epidemic levels.
Here's some cold hard realities of my world:
- it's simply not possible to have the lasting faith impact we desire in a student's life in a 1 on 50 ratio, like what we often have in our Sunday program. This is ridiculous.
- the prevalence of our teen subculture has resulted in the reality that students no longer have consistent access to caring adults
- just when we most need adults to be stepping into the lives of students, the vast majority are stepping away out of fear, annoyance, or ambivalence to them.
- students don't need peers as much as they need mentors