J. Dennis Miller, president of Church Youth Development states that a problem with educating young people in the church stems from a failure to understand how young people learn. He claims that adults learn in the following pattern:
1. acceptance of absolutes;
2. subordination of attitudes and actions to absolutes;
3. application of truth received to life experience.
Knowing something as an adult is based primarily upon remembering information and intellectual learning. Youth, Miller contends, learn in a different way:
1. evaluation of life experience;
2. discovery of attitudes and actions which validate their life experiences;
3. identifying truth based on their relevance to life experience;
4. acceptance of truths that prove reliable from life experience. Life experience is the main influence on the learning young mind.