In a previous episode of License to Parent, I mentioned that parents should have an honest conversation with their kids if they appear to be losing interest in church. This conversation may uncover some aspect of church that confuses or frustrates their kids.
So what should parents do when they hear questions or concerns about church from their children? Well, they may want to consider setting up a family meeting with a pastor in order to receive answers to their kids’ questions and address any concerns.
How Pastors Should Be Willing To Hear Concerns About Church From Their Congregations
I have mentioned before that your child’s diminishing desire for church doesn’t necessarily mean he or she has a diminished desire for God. If this is the case, and after a willingness for discussion and prayer with you about it, both of you might want to schedule a meeting with your church’s pastor and/or youth pastor.
Going into the meeting with a relaxed and open spirit, it could actually be a growing experience for everyone. So approach your church’s ministry team with an open heart and an open mind. I’m not a fan of church hopping, but if your church’s ministry team resents the meeting in any way, it might merit seeking a church body that is not threatened by the genuine concerns of their flock. Next time on License to Parent, I’ll talk more about this subject.
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