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In my Local Church Education Class today, we talked about statistics about family life and what families are like today. How as a church can we fix some of these problems. Below is the notes we talked about.

  • Single Parent; No Father

  • Distractions

  • Christ not the center

  • Parents are either over-involved or not involved at all

  • No parent in the home

  • no guidlines or authority

  • Divorce

  • Alcohol/ Drug Abuse

  • Not caring – sibling fights

  • FInancial problems

 

Family LIfe in America

  1. Over 1 million divorces/year

  2. Most children of divorce live with their mother – most live in a fatherless home for approx. 5 years

  3. ½ of all children in U.S live with a single parent sometime before age 16

  4. 19% of all households with children under 18 are headed by a woman without a husband present

  5. 80% of divorced people remarry within 3 years

  6. There are 18 million stepchildren who belong to blended families

  7. 59% of moms are employed outside the home.

  8. The one-worker husband-wife household has declined from 43% in 1960 to 19% today.

  9. In 1980, wives contributed 25% of the family income. Today it is approx. 40%

  10. 18 million adult children are now living with parents

    1. cost

    2. divorce

    3. sexual revolution

  11. OVer 70 million single adults

    1. 31% never married

    2. 40% widowed

    3. 20% divorced

  12. Today, 56% of women aged 20-24 are never married. In 1970 it was 36% (career goals, living together, etc. ) (marriage age is higher)

  13. Population has risen 41% since 1960, crime has increased 300% (violent crime has increased by 500%

  14. Juvenile violent arrests increased by 200% from 1965 to the present (% of the population)

  15. Children relying on ADC increased by 400% from 1960 to present (% of population)

  16. Teen Pregnancy rates have doubled since 1972) ( abortion rate has tripled)

  17. Births to unmarried women increased from 5% in 1960 to 28% today

  18. Child abuse case reported

    1. 300% increased from 1976 to present

  19. Teen suicide rate

    1. 300% increase since 1960

  20. SIngle parent families

    1. 200% increase since 1960

    2. Reason behind

      1. economy

      2. Social media w/o relationship

      3. parents not to keep

      4. parents not responsibility

      5. Parents not in touch with kids

      6. TV/ internet/ movie

      7. Seek sensitive – religion and secular cultures

      8. Money and pleasure

  21. How can the church fix it:

    1. Encourage service,

    2. Address problems

      1. Be bold addressing the issue

      2. Prayer and Holy Spirit

    3. Counsel

    4. Group vs. Individuals

      1. Touchy-feely” vs. Bible

      2. Bible basic for children

    5. opportunities for single families

      1. Job opportunities

    6. give responsibility to parents

      1. have something to back it for the parents who don’t care about their spirituality

    7. connection between families

      1. structured activities.

    What are your thoughts?

Also i have a great friend who blogs about problems in the family and his ministry at his church. Check out his blog on this recent topic as well.

http://jeremymavis.com/2014/03/04/is-porn-harmless-or-is-it-damaging-lives/

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