No More Pizza

Cody Ray Charland | Nov 17, 2010

There comes a point in everyone’s life where they’ve just had too much pizza. In the past, this was college.

According to a USA Today article, the age in which most students realize they’ve had enough pizza and games from the church is sixteen. The Barna Group reports that this is the turning point where teens begin to drop out from evangelical activities at an alarming rate. In fact, only 1 in 4 teens participate in church activities as of 2010.

Thom Ranier, President of Lifeway Christian Resources reports that many students are saying to him, ‘We don’t see the church as relevant, as meeting our needs or where we need to be today’. The spiritual realization that happens during the sophomore/junior years needs to be recognized and embraced instead of unexpected and feared. Most students, regardless of age, want what’s true, not just entertaining.

As one student in our [intlink id=“13” type=“page”]College Transition Project[/intlink] told us, “If drawing directly from my high school youth ministry, I would define Christianity as being about pizza parties and entertainment alternatives.”

Pizza and Church can be called “fun” only so many times.

Cody Ray Charland

Cody Ray Charland is a second year MATM student at Fuller’s Pasadena campus. He holds a BA in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As Project Assistant with the Fuller Youth Institute, he handles social media, and helps with writing, technology, and research. He was formerly a Young Life leader as well as Youth Pastor at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. Cody enjoys the outdoors, all things Tar Heel, and barbecue.


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