Being a Father to the Fatherless
Posted by David Wheaton | Saturday, June 20, 2009 | 9:00 am CT
Guest: Mike Gottfried
If you had to identify one single contributing factor to the decline of American culture – immorality, crime, divorce, dependency on government, etc. – you could point to the national epidemic of the fatherless home.
While 80% of the “post-war generation” spent their entire childhood with both parents in the home, only 50% will do so today. Today, about 24 million children live in homes where their natural father does not live.
The results of the fatherless home are staggering – 63% of youth suicides, 85% of behavioral disorders, 71% of high school dropouts, 70% of youth prison inmates, and 85% or all prison inmates come from fatherless homes.
These statistics come from Mike Gottfried’s book, Coach’s Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Fatherhood Gap. A football coach, ESPN commentator, and my guest this weekend in Hour 2, Mike is president of Team Focus, a community outreach ministry that mentors boys without functional fathers.