Lots of parents find it a challenge, to say the least, to get their teens to attend church. There is no way you can get a teen out of bed before noon on the weekend without it benefiting them in some way.
We can’t force our teen to go to church. Technically we can after all we’re the parent. And they will likely go but with a closed heart and mind then you won’t be able to listen to the word of God and praise him because you’ll be focused on the faces your teens making or nudging him or her to put their phone away.
So How Do We Encourage Our Teen To Go To Church?
It starts with us, the parent. We are the ones who set expectations on our children. If we feel attending church is an important part of our teens becoming responsible, spiritual adults then we should take time and encourage them to make attending church as part of their lives now.
When you talk to your teen let them know church is a place:
- Where no one is judged and everyone is accepted.
- You can leave your worries and focus only on the word of God and strengthening your relationship with Jesus.
- They can learn more about the Catholic faith and the Bible.
- Talk about the Catholic ceremonies and why we celebrate them.
- Give your teen a chance to share their feelings about church and answer any questions they might have.
- As their parent we should set the example. Attend family events together or volunteer with your teen so they can see how the church is involved throughout the community.
It’s Going To Take Patience
If we get our kids involved in church as small children it will become part of their life as they grow. If not, it’s going to take having patience with your teen to get him or her to warm up to the idea of including church as part of their life routine. Religion should not be pushed on them because they can rebel against it if they feel pressured to accept it.
A couple of years ago this was my 19-year old son. I always invited him to church and he would decline. After so many declined invitations I straight forwardly asked him if he believed in God. He told me he did but did not feel there was a need to attend church if he already had his own relationship with God.
I did what any parent of faith would do and prayed about it. In his junior year of high school he met some kids from another faith and was invited to attend their teen life meet and he’s been going ever since. He was able to make his own connection and was drawn to a faith group with his heart.
I believe teens can make their own choices but I also know if they make church a part of their life routine they will be more fulfilled.
Over To You
Have you dealt with this situation? What advice do you have to encourage our teens to make church and God a part of their lives? Please share your suggestions in the comments section below.
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