In a blogpost entitled A Child Speaks About Church, pastor Steve Lindsley and director of children and family ministries Lynn Turnage share six things children need from a church. They write as if a child is speaking. Here is the list. Click on the post to read the details for each point.
- Just tell me the Bible story.
- Remember: I can’t sit still for long.
- Give me, at the bare minimum, an hour a month with the pastor.
- My best adult teachers/leaders/volunteers are the ones that I KNOW care about me.
- Give me some responsibility in the church.
- I like to be with my family and all ages together in worship.
On that last point, here is some of what they add: “You think I don’t want to be in worship during the sermon because it’s ‘boring.’ I actually listen to what they say and it sticks with me–as you are well aware in other contexts, I’m great at remembering everything you adults say. All things being equal, I’d rather stay in worship with my church family–we call ourselves a family, right? I might get a little antsy (worship bags will help). But I promise you I won’t fall asleep like that dude in front of me every week. Surely you’ve seen him.”
Thanks for some good food for thought, Steve and Lynn!