Should You MAKE Students Go to Church?

Here is the BIG question for Christian parents of Tweens and Teens…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Should You MAKE Students Go to Church? 

 I love teaching our annual Confirmation Class at Christ Church.  We call it Next Step (sounds cooler) but it is a Confirmation Class.  Most of the students are Jr. High(ish) with a few younger and a few older.  I hold the first and final sessions with parents or sponsors attending and I am often asked this question, “Should I make my students go to church?”   I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this question over my thirty years in ministry.

The rest of the conversation goes like this:

Me: “Why do you ask?”

Them: “My child is not a baby anymore and really doesn’t always want to attend with us.  I am afraid if I make him/her go against their will as a twelve year old, I will burn them out on Christianity when they are older and they won’t want…

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Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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