We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. Ironically, the billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced a culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they should feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey Scripture, the essentials of theology, or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures. –Michael Spencer in an article entitled, The Coming Evangelical Collapse at http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html
Not only young people, but most people (including too many clergy) are catechetically unprepared.
We entreat you to raise up in our midst sufficient teachers and life-long students of the faith, in order that we may thereby enter into a more fully formed love of you, and abundantly empowered by that love, and in the power of the Holy Spirit may share it out into the whole wide world.
In the holy name of Christ,