Why We Don’t Go To Church: A Kid’s Perspective

July 19, 2017
By Dr. Elaine Friedrich, Director of Digital Discipleship and Faith Formation

Last week, Mt. Bethel was the host church for the WinShape Camps for Communities at Cobb. Even though we partnered with WinShape for 5 weeks of day camp at the Mt. Bethel North Campus, July 10-14 was a special week when we provided additional volunteers and had a chance to engage with the campers and their parents on Family Day.

We had 266 campers and more than 790 parents, siblings, grandparents, and campers attended the camp closing on Friday, July 14. During the week, each child completed a Spiritual Assessment Tool, which includes spiritual questions for each child to answer: What is the greatest gift God has ever given you? Why did Jesus die on a cross? Have you received God’s gift of eternal life?

The answers children gave to this next question, though, broke my heart: Do you and your family go to church anywhere? If yes, where? If no, why not? What breaks my heart is what many children wrote as to why they don’t attend church. Here are some of their answers:

  • Because we are busy.
  • Because my family does not have time.
  • I don’t know why.
  • We just never have time.
  • No, we are always busy.
  • No time for church.
  • Not during the summer, but the rest of the year.
  • Because we never have time.

Do you see a pattern here? These children are learning that there are other things that are more important than laying a spiritual foundation for life. The things that break the heart of God should also pull at our heartstrings.

Hopefully we have all had an opportunity to take a little bit of a break with family and friends this summer, but soon we have fall upon us. It’s time to get back to school, back to routine, back to church. This year, let’s make it a holy habit to gather weekly for worship, grow in Christian discipleship, and go to serve others in the name of Jesus!

By Dr. Elaine Friedrich, Director of Digital Discipleship and Faith Formation

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Photo credit: WinShape Camps