Something I’ve been thinking about lately is this: How can we get kids and youth to want to be involved in church? I know there are people who are much more qualified than I am to offer answers to this question, however I think there is one thing that is true across the board, no matter the culture of the church or age of the members.
When we are trying to get kids and youth to want to come to church, what we are really doing is trying to get them to desire to become a part of the Body of Christ. This requires a different approach than trying to get a kid to want to go to school, or practice piano. Church is not merely a club or organization. The Church is a family, who’s members have the responsibility primarily to love God and love one another.
When we are trying to get our kids to want to be a part of Church life, there is one important thing all of us have the responsibility to do: love them. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, pastor or youth leader, sunday school teacher or elder, prayer warrior or maintenance worker, you have a responsibility to make sure the young people are loved! It is only the love within the Body that will keep it’s members unified and passionate about serving one another.
The next time you think to yourself, “I wish the church would do more to attract young people”, think about what YOU can do to attract young people. What you can do is love them. What does that look like? Well, that’s another blog post for another day.