Teen Mania prepares an annual report to give to donors and potential donors in order to persuade them to open their wallets to Teen Mania Ministries. This annual report provides some interesting information, some sketchy information and some outright lies.
For the latter, I’d like to direct your attention to the graphic comparing Honor Academy alumni to adults in America. (What kinds of adults? All adults, all Christians, all protestant Christians? It doesn’t matter because the “statistics” look made up anyway!)
It’s hard to see so I’ll break it down for you.
Percentage of Honor Academy Alumni vs. American Adults: (Note their is no source cited for these stats)
Actively Involved in Ministry:
HA Alumni: 77%
Avg. Adults: 32%
Spending Time with God More than Once a Week:
HA Alumni: 70%
Avg. Adults: 42%
Attending or Graduating College:
HA Alumni: 88%
Avg. Adults: 37%
Preparing or Serving on Missions Field:
HA Alumni: 47%
Avg. Adults: .1%
Wow! Look how awesome Honor Academy alumni are compared to the average American adult! Nearly half of them are heading towards the mission field! If you are an alumnus, half of your friends are overseas, right…? Right?
When has Teen Mania EVER conducted a comprehensive study on the true state of their alumni? NEVER!*
Again I say, NEVER!
Teen Mania is severely out of touch with the state of many/most(?) of their program graduates.
So how could they possibly know how many alumni have graduated from college? Much less how many are “spending time with God” or “actively involved in ministry.”
Where is the graphic for how many alumni have left their faith or had suicidal thoughts because of the Honor Academy?
Oh yeah, that one doesn’t raise money.
* I’m told that an email survey of alumni was conducted in 2007 but the sample size must have been extremely narrow if nearly 50% of them are in missions work.