Recently a friend and I were discussing our ideas about parenting. He just couldn’t understand why I felt it important to raise my kid in a church community. He was not questioning why I wanted my kid to have faith in God, but he couldn’t see how belong to a church family could be an important parenting resource.
I explained to Tom that there are actually five reasons why I believe it is important to raise my son in a church community.
First is, of course, the issue of faith. I want my child to have a strong faith in God because I know that religion will offer the comfort, relaxation, and inspiration to carry him through the joys and tribulations which are in store for him as a human. I know this from my own personal experience as well as countless studies that have shown that people with faith in a higher being live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives.
It’s about becoming a member of the community and that’s an essential element in my choice for my child. His friends are children he has known his entire life and his teachers and caregivers are adults and teenagers we have known for ages. We have history and connections which brings us together for fun and fellowship as well as to share issues and celebrate joys.
Every child needs various role models to help determine what person they’ll become. I can’t think of a better place to find a wide range of role models than at a church. I know there are many people whom I look up to one of our congregation and I am positive that my son has many as well.
Regularly attending church and Sunday School as well as engaging in the church community provides a child with many vital guidelines for being a good person as well as a good Christian. Children also learn from watching others and following that example.
Finally, I find Church teaches my child a whole lot about social relationships. He has a group of peers that he has known since infancy and will grow to maturity with but he also enjoys a spread of generations and knows and loves people of many ages and backgrounds that he probably wouldn’t know if not for church.
These five reasons are powerful motivations for raising your child in a church community, but there is one other important factor also. Attending church, and church community activities, is something you can do together as a family. Step off the hectic whirl of day-to-day life and into a community of faith.