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Scott T. Brown is a pastor at Hope Baptist Church and the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches.
Posted 7/3/12 at 11:02 AM | Scott T. Brown |
A radical idea has been embraced by some modern churches: “No kids allowed in the adult worship service.”
Having children in the adult worship service is too distracting for the parents, it is said, and it’s too boring for the kids. Leaders have concluded that children learn better with Bible stories tailored to their level and delivered via the youth group or Sunday school while their parents worship in peace.
As with all areas of life, we need to ask if this attitude is what God wants the Church’s attitude to be? Or, is this consistent with the Bible?
One pastor, when asked what the purpose of Sunday school was, replied, “To keep the children out of our hair so we can worship.”
This idea was taken to an extreme level at one church (to remain anonymous), when a man was asked to remove his children from the adult church service. When he chose to remain together as a family, he was handed the church’s written policy, which stated:
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