How the Family-Integrated Church Grows Adults

The primary purpose of the family-integrated church model is to be more effective in reaching the next generation for Christ.  It is believed that keeping families together and including children with the church at large is more effective than dividing the church by age-groups.  But the family-integrated church does not benefit children only.  It is also a great benefit to the adults.

First, parents are pushed to grow as they face the challenge of discipling their kids at home.  You cannot teach what you do not understand, so parents must grow in Biblical knowledge and understanding.  They will read more, and pay closer attention in church.  Children will not listen to a hypocrite, so parents have extra motivation to practice what they preach; to align to their life with their lessons.

Second, adults participate better in church.  Knowing that little eyes are watching their every move motivates adults to set a good example.  They don't pass notes, or cut up, or nod off, or play on their smartphone.  They take notes, sing during the worship, and close their eyes during prayers.  They pay better attention to the sermon so they can talk to their kids about it after church.  Because they are putting more into church, they will get more out of it.

Third, the preacher becomes a better communicator.  He is forced to teach in a way that is very simple, clear, and understandable.  He avoids big theological words, or at least explains them.  His sermon applications are not only directed at adults, but children and teenagers.

Fourth, church become more fun and enjoyable for the adults.  Children are truly a blessing.  They add so much joy, energy, and fun wherever they go.  They bring a smile to your face.  They keep the entire church young.  Including the children is not burdensome, but life-giving.  And don't forget that many spiritual lessons can be learned from children.

"Truly I tell you," he said, "unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 18:3

Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to me, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

If you are interested in learning more about the family-integrated church model, or seeing if Church Acadiana is the right fit for you and your family, don't hesitate to contact me, or just visit us any Sunday!


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