What if my child doesn’t want to go to church?

What if my child doesn’t want to go to church?

I’ve met some great bloggers through our Ministry Blogger Challenge, and Joey at A Different Way is one of them.  He’s got one of the best parenting blogs I’ve seen out there.  Recently, he published a great article about what to do if your child is resisting going to church.  Here’s an excerpt from his post:

Has your child ever said, “I don’t want to go to church”?  We have been fortunate to be a part of a great church, with a fun and meaningful Children’s Ministry.   Even in the process of our family moving to Allendale, Hannah wondered about what it looks like to drive 3 hours each way to still be at Grace Church worship services.  Our kids are almost always excited to be in their programing.  Almost always.

How to Respond

But each of our children, on more than one occasion, has expressed resistance to going to their programming, and one of them has expressed it plenty of times.  Below are some talking points that we’ve used to engage our children’s hearts on this matter.  It’s important to note that this is how we framed the discussion with our children at the preschool and young elementary age.  For preteens and teenagers, most of the principles are the same, but the conversation would probably need to go differently.

Click here to find out some practical conversation starters and some principles to remember.

What do you do when your child doesn’t want to go to church?

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