PARENTS: Not all parents… but many have consciously chosen to use youth ministy as a glorified “child care service” Why? there are many reasons why but primarily because it’s what they know because that was their experience.
CHURCH: We have provided the program (not necessarily weighing the consequences) that is feeding this consumeristic mentality when it comes to church programs. For too long we have said…”Sure drop your kids off with us;
- go on a date…we provide cheap child care and you can be sure your child will be safe in the confines of our church building
- don’t bother coming in to the facility to see what we will be doing, what we offer or who will be spending time with your children.
I’ve been so thankful over the past few years that pastors, parents and certain ministries like rethink (Orange), Faith at Home, are beginning to start a conversation and dialogue about where God is at work and how we can play a role in the ministry to families versus being the ministry for families.
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