As a mom of quite a few girls (5 to be exact), I used to always hear, “Just wait until they are teens!” Which I think…
One of the most spiritually productive things we can do for our children is integrate their life into the life of a solid Bible-teaching, God-centered church.
Without a doubt, when our kids are involved in the church they will benefit from biblical teaching, interaction with godly adults, and friendships developed among like-minded families. But most of all, they will gain an understanding that “the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), should be a priority for the rest of their lives! And if we can teach our kids that, we will be setting them up to move forward in their faith for decades beyond their years in our home.
In fact, the local church can be there for our adult children in a way that far surpasses the influence we are likely to have later in their life. Week in and week out, the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) will encourage them, challenge them, provide accountability, keep them grounded in the truth, grow them, and help them focus on eternal things. Needless to say, we want our children to grow up to be highly committed members of their church! And that means we should do all we can to instill that pattern while they’re young.
With that said, I’ve thought through 8 ways we can help our kids develop a love for the church…you can read about it at my latest article at The Better Mom.