Matt Merker is a Pastoral Assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where his responsibilities include music and service preparation. A native of Long Island, NY, Matt studied at Vanderbilt University and is currently an M.Div candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Erica are in the process of adopting a child.
In addition to having “yes days” with her children, Jennifer Garner says another way she fosters positive experiences in her home is by attending church together. “It really just starts the whole week,” Garner said.
It’s not uncommon for churches and children’s ministry leaders to heartily agree that parents have the greatest spiritual influence, and that parents should be the primary “pastors” to their own children, but they don’t design the church’s ministry to children to reflect such beliefs.