Adult Education – “Getting in Our Own Way: Church Decline and How We Are Inadvertently Part of the Problem”

Adult Education – “Getting in Our Own Way: Church Decline and How We Are Inadvertently Part of the Problem”


The Orthodox Church is declining in America. So is Christianity in general. Six out of ten young people are leaving the church after college never to return. Despite popular sentiment among older generations that the young people return when they marry and have kids this is no longer true. Further, even though society is no longer as faith supportive as it once was, studies show that views on faith, religion, and spirituality have not significantly changed since the 1960 and 1970s. So, what has changed and why, surprisingly are we, the Church itself, actually contributing to the problem? We will explore this topic in this week’s class and learn about the well-intended things we are doing that we need to consider adjusting to reverse this course.

To support our adults, St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD offers adult religious education every Sunday from September through May. These are not classes on high theology that are difficult to understand. They focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand our Orthodox Christian faith. In His parables to the masses, Christ always used practical examples from everyday life that His audience could relate to in order to help them understand God. St. George adult education uses the same model and spirit. Its goal is to help our adults create an understanding and ever increasing consciousness of God in their hearts and minds so that living the faith becomes as natural as breathing. View more Adult Study Classes HERE


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About author

Michael Haldas

Michael Haldas is the author of Sacramental Living: Understanding Christianity as a Way of Life. Michael’s focus is on understanding and applying our faith to everyday living, which supports OCN’s mission to provide material “to provoke discussion and contemplation about the issues we face in daily life.” His work has been featured in Theosis Magazine, The National Herald, Pravmir, and other publications. He is a member of the Orientale Lumen Foundation, the Orthodox Speakers Bureau and is on the board of the Washington Theological Consortium. He teaches adult religious education and high school Sunday school at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bethesda, Maryland, and has worked with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Religious Education Department to create educational lessons and materials.