The claim that children are the future of the Church is one of the most unintelligent slogans of institutional Christianity. They are no more, or less, the future of the Church than octogenarians or anybody else for that matter. The length of the future is a ball of string and, in any case, the amount of time a person is part of an organisation has very little correlation to the influence that person has on the organisation. Somebody with two weeks to live could alter the future of the Church in far more substantial ways than somebody who will live for another hundred years. What is more, the adherents of a religion that truly believes in the imminent and unexpected return of its messiah should have far less confidence in its own longevity and a lot more confidence in their God who sees all as equal in importance and all to be in need of salvation whatever their proximity to the grave.