|dc.description.abstract||An individual lapses when he ceases attendance at Church. It is a withdrawal from the
social, spiritual and communal aspects of the Church. Lapsation can occur in both
young and adult, in the former case it is likely to be precipitated by parental failure, in
the latter there are many causes from disagreement with the teaching of the Church.
However, one of the most prevailing causes is the feeling of not belonging which is
often found in large urban communities. Today, young and middle-aged individuals are
leaving the Church which, if it persists, it will be deprived of its membership for
The present writer believes that lapsation in the young can be ameliorated by a more
intentional attitude of parents towards developing the faith in their children by prayer.
In addition, the latter, instead of studying comparative religion, should be taught from a
faith perspective and be taught doctrinal material and Biblical knowledge. In addition,
the parish could offer support to parents.
The present author also maintains that adult lapsation can be obviated to some extent by
the individual's participation in a cell offering an intimate setting for both the
encouragement of faith and its development and providing an atmosphere in which the
individual felt that he belonged. The parish would have a network of cell-groups which
would be over-seen by a core team comprising specialist members. He also believes that
the provision of welcome teams monitoring the attendance of new parishioners would
be an essential aid to limiting defection. Such teams could check on absentee
parishioners who are likely to have problems which could be resolved in the early
stages of an individual's arrival into the parish.||