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NCFIC Spanish Websites Are Launched

On Cinco de Mayo, the NCFIC is launching the NCFIC and Divided websites in Spanish!

To view the NCFIC Spanish website, click here.

To view the Divided Spanish website, click here.

Divided has been fully subtitled in Spanish and is available online with many of the bonus features actually dubbed in Spanish. Please share this with your Spanish neighbors and friends.

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The Baptist Standard: “Documentary claims age-graded Sunday school harms families”

The Baptist Standard recently released an article about family integration, Divided the movie, and A Weed in the Church.

If you have not seen Divided the movie and would like to show it to your friends, you can view the movie for free at www.dividedthemovie.com.

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Christianity Today Asks: “Should Sunday School Be for the Whole Family?”

ChristianityToday posted an article today, asking the question: "Should Sunday School Be for the Whole Family?"

As evidence mounts that children would benefit from more integration into adult church life, some advocates face criticism for taking a good idea too far. See the whole article here.

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Richard Baxter on What Happens to Those Who Are First to Break a Destructive Custom

As everyone knows, we have been advocating breaking what we believe is a destructive custom – age segregation in the church. Most people also know that advocating this has come at a price. Here is how Richard Baxter explains what happens when you oppose a destructive custom:

Custom, as I said before, is the thing that sways much with the multitude; and they who first break a destructive custom must bear the brunt of their indignation.  Now, somebody must do this.  If we do it not, it will lie upon our successors; and how can we expect that they shall be more hardy, and resolute, and faithful, than we?…  But if they do prove better than we, the same odium and opposition must befal them which we avoid, and that with some increase, because of our neglect; for the people will tell them, that we, their predecessors, did no such things.

Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor, Page 271, Benediction Books (January 13, 2010)

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NCFIC in the Media

Over the past month, God has put the NCFIC in the news like never before. Major religious and secular news outlets are reporting on it. The Washington Post and USA Today ran stories about the NCFIC and age integration and of the many churches, who are reconsidering the practices of modern youth ministry—and jettisoning them. The Huffington Post and the Christian Post, as well as our friend Kevin Swanson over at Generations with Vision also spoke. We were profiled on OneNewsNowThe Baptist Press posted a long article quoting youth ministry experts who are responding to Divided. We have also been represented on blogs like Tim Challies and radio shows like Moody Radio (interviewed by Julie Roys), Knowing the Truth, Todd Friel, and Janet Mefferd. We were interviewed by Jerry Rose on Television at TLN. Amazingly, even AtheismTV posted the trailer to Divided on their website.

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Barna Study Gives Reasons Young People Leave The Church

We at the NCFIC have stated why we believe there is an exodus of youth from modern churches. The Barna Group has just released the results of a new study that states, "No single reason dominated the break-up between church and young adults. Instead, a variety of reasons emerged. Overall, the research uncovered six significant themes why nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15." 

To me, it seems that most of the reasons Barna gives is because these youth have rejected critical elements of Christianity and its message. In short, they left because they hated God and His people.

Reason #1 – Churches seem overprotective.

Reason #2 – Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow.

Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science.

Reason #4 – Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental.

Reason #5 – They wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity.Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.

Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.

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Baptist Press: ‘Divided’ film spurs youth ministry discussion

The Real Problem with Youth Groups – Kevin Swanson Weighs in on the Rejection of Deuteronomy 6 in the Church

Kevin Swanson from Generations with Vision launched a broadcast today on “The Real Problem with Youth Groups: Why Churches Reject Deut. 6:7.” He says,

Several youth leaders from Colorado Springs, Colorado are on trial for sex offenses. Meanwhile, the Divided Movie that questions the whole system of youth groups and youth pastors, has gone virile on the internet. Articles in USA Today and Washington Post are addressing age segregation and family-integrated churches. So Kevin Swanson takes the opportunity to address the youth group question. What are the real problems with youth groups and age-segregated ministry? And why would a conference on Deut. 6:7 in Dallas exclude a ministry that advocates parent-driven discipleship of children in the home? Scott Brown from the NCFIC also joins us on this segment of the program.

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Christian Post: Film ‘Divided’ Banned From Youth Ministry Event

The Christian Post just released an article on the recent exclusion of the NCFIC booth at the D6 conference, which is happening this weekend.

The makers of “Divided,” a documentary that rejects modern youth ministry, have been disinvited from a national conference focused on discipling youths. 

Organizers of the D6 Conference maintained that their decision to not give a display booth to the group behind “Divided” was made based on the non-inclusive nature of the film, not the viewpoint of its producers.

“Divided: Is Age-Segregated Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the Church?” is produced by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC) and was released online earlier this year. It challenges the way churches commonly conduct age-segregated worship services. Leaders of the D6 Conference, which starts in Dallas Wednesday, said the film does not fit the event “created for sharing conversations about various biblical methods.” Read the rest of the article.

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Reflecting on the Tenth Anniversary of the NCFIC

The anniversary of 9/11 marks a day in the history of the United States, which recalls to mind the horror and the tragedy that swept our nation as the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, and the heroic actions of the passengers on Flight 93 prevented the terrorists.

On that day, our family parked our car at the Pentagon just before it was hit. We heard the explosions and vividly remember the pandemonium of that day.

While this tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be marked by tears, reflection, and remembrance, we desire not to forget but recall God’s kindness that He has showed us for the past 10 years since the attack. This event will always be etched in our minds and hopefully we will learn lessons from it.

In God’s providence, He ordained that on September 11, 2001, a handful of Christians would gather to address an important issue that effects families all across the nation. They gathered for the purpose of (more…)

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Voddie Baucham on Youth Ministry

Here is the full footage we took of Voddie Baucham when we were shooting the film Divided.

He addresses a vast array of subjects including the following: Where are we today in the 21st century American Church?; Sacred Cows; History of the Sunday School Movement; Why can’t we have youth ministry and parental involvement?; Give an example from the Bible for how you train youth; Why is it wrong to gather youth together to worship and pray and be taught?; Does the church have freedom to innovate?; What is your message to pastors?

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Scott Brown on LifeLaneLive with Karl Clauson

Join Scott Brown and Karl Clauson this Saturday on LifeLaneLive.com, as they discuss Divided the movie.

The program will air this Saturday (09/03/2011) at 7:00 -9:00 PM (CST) on Chicago’s AM 1160. Scott Brown’s interview will be in the first hour (7:00 PM). People anywhere in the world can listen in by clicking the “Listen Here LIVE” link on the website when the show is airing.

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