I find it so easy to think that my friends don’t want anything to do with Jesus – and the statistics seem to back that up.
In the last 20 years churches in the UK have seen a 90% free-fall drop in attendance of under twenties. This has left 59% of churches with no attendees aged 15-19 at all. I don’t need to ask them what they think about God, Jesus and church – they’ve voted with their feet.
One of these friends of mine, Phil – more suited to getting into fights on Saturday night than church on Sunday morning – in the middle of watching a typically depressing England game, began to tell the room how he wished his life was different. “I wish that I’d never slept with anyone else so I could say to my girlfriend that she was the only one I had been with. I wish that I had a better relationship with my dad. I wish that I hadn’t done the things I’ve done so God would accept me.”
Friends like Phil are desperate to be rescued, the problem is that they simply wouldn’t recognise the rescue boat when it arrived. Having not grown up in church or in a religious society, they have no initial frame of reference for the gospel. This is the heart of Mobilise 2012 – The Rescue: that we would refocus our gaze onto Jesus, for only he can rescue us; and that our worship of him would launch a thousand rescue missions into our nation.
PJ Smyth, Tom Shaw, Andrew Wilson, Joel Virgo, Mike Betts, Adrian Holloway and Stef Liston.
Pontins Holiday Camp, Prestatyn. We’re excited to be all on one site for our main celebrations, seminars and accommodation! There’s lots of extra activities on site including a swimming pool, football and tennis courts, high ropes and a fabulous beach just over the road.
We’ve made getting accommodation really easy for you this year as we’re all on one site! You can choose from 4 or 6 person self-catering chalets in Popular or Classic style.
All-in-one price from just £110
We’ve scoured the country to find the best venue and accommodation all at an amazing price. Popular chalets will cost students just £110 for your ticket and chalet from Tuesday to Friday. For regular delegates it will cost just £125.