I’ve read many articles debating the topic of whether children should sit through adult services or have their own. One in particular from a well known Pastor who believes children should sit with the adults the entire time. This has been a controversial topic in Children’s Ministry for some time, with many theologians, like this well known pastor, believing that children should sit with adults the entire time.
There are three approaches.
- There are only adult services, everyone attends them.
- There is mixed worship, after worship children have their own classes/groups.
- Children have their own service, including their own worship.
“Let the children come to me” is the verse they often quote or misquote to suggest the first approach. By using this to justify their position, they’re implying that children can’t meet Jesus in Children’s Ministry. I believe in the other end of the spectrum. I believe children deserve their own service for three reasons.