Getting your kids through church without them ending up hating God by Rob Parsons is a book I have been really keen to read. The title sums up a desire that all parents and church leaders have – how to best serve our children in a way that encourages them towards the gospel.
I’ll be honest, I was really not sure what I thought about this book as I started reading it. It seemed to annoy and encourage me with equal measure…. In the first half I felt that Rob was assuming the gospel and taking the line of ‘even if they don’t like church, the Bible, Jesus or the gospel, if they buy a copy of the Big Issue and run a Marathon to raise money for Water for the Third World they are fine‘. Now, as I read on he did introduce the idea that Jesus was central to the Christian faith…and that really warmed my heart. Indeed, that is how he ends the book. So, to be fair to him, he is clear on the gospel.
However, I feel that many parents have lost confidence in the gospel and so feel that the best way to serve their children is to:
- not force them to go to church
- not let them see you making church a priority
- not stop them doing any club or activity that might ‘fulfil’ them and stop them coming to church