February 2006

Going to Church

How important is it to take our children to church week in and week out? In a word, VERY!

A 2001 national research survey by the Barna Research Group reported these findings regarding the relationship between attending church regularly as a child and as an adult:

"Adults who attended church regularly children are nearly three times as likely to be attending a church today as are their peers who avoided the church during childhood (61% to 22%).

Just less than two out of three adults (63%) who were churched as children take their own children to church, which is double the proportion among adults who were not churched and who now take their kids to church (33%).

Adults who attended church as children are twice as likely as others to read the Bible during a typical week; twice as likely to attend a church worship service in a typical week; and nearly 50% more likely to pray to God during a typical week."

Regular church attendance as children does have an impact on the decisions regarding church we make as adults. If you would like to know more about the Barna Group or the research George Barna provides, the website is www.barna.org.

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