The Importance of Raising Your Children In Church

Taking your children to church can feel like a chore. I applaud parents who faithfully bring their children to church.  Waking them up, feeding them breakfast, trying to get them dressed, diaper bags packed, and trying to get everyone in the vehicle so you can make it on time to church can slap wear you out before you even make it out the front yard.

As a Pastor, on Sundays I leave my home in the mornings to come to church. My wife, Cole, has to get herself and our 2 children to church by herself. It's a huge task, and I have so much respect for her and so many parents who do this each and every Sunday. There are have been some times after church on Sundays that Cole has said to me, "I'm wore out. Justin I don't even know what you preached. I was so busy trying to keep our children occupied."

I'm confident there are times parents ask themselves, "Is it really important for me to take my children to church?" I want to share with you 2 important reasons why you should raise your children in church.

  1. A Firm Foundation

My 6 year old daughter amazes me sometimes. She can remember the oddest things that happened months before. She can remember things that Cole and I talked about and we didn't even realize she was listening.

Church is no different. Your children subconsciously pick things up even at church. Even yesterday after church while eating lunch with my family my daughter talked with me about her lesson in TP Kids on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. She said, "Daddy we don't have to be afraid because God always with us."

During a praise break towards the end of my message on Sunday, I looked over and saw my nearly 2 year old son taking a praise break as the music started.

Your children are always picking things up. It's our responsibility as parents to lay a firm foundation and place them in good, healthy environments to pick things up.

2. Community

My parents always taught me that you are who you surround yourself with. The Bible backs this up in Proverbs 13:20 "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companions of fools will be destroyed."

Raising your children in church provides them with a community of like-minded believers. Our society is teaching anti-Biblical structures that are designed to destroy the nucleus of the family. Things that are right are being called wrong and things that are wrong are being called right.

The Bible makes it clear that we as parents have the responsibility to train, influence, mentor, and lead our children. Part of that responsibility includes deciding where and where not to take your children.  

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go..."

Your child needs to be apart of a place the reinforces the Biblical teachings that you should be teaching your children at home. It takes a village to raise a child, and we as parents need to make the church that village.

Scripture also backs this up:

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

In fact, search for verses in the New Testament containing the word “together”. You will find many, many verses talking about being knit together, working together, and striving together.

This “togetherness” cannot happen if we are sitting at home and not attending church.

Our children are the only true legacy we have. They are the only things on this earth that we both leave behind and can take with us. It’s worth my life, to raise them in a manner that they can follow me to heaven someday.

So what’s the point in taking kids to church?


P.S. TP Kids IS OPEN Sundays at 10:30AM at our Jesup campus and 5:00PM at our Brunswick campus.

P.S.S. Refuge Student Ministry IS OPEN on Sundays at 10:30AM for all middle & high school students at our Jesup campus.

1 Comment

Kevin Kilpatrick - October 31st, 2020 at 5:37pm

Amen! Love this word!