What Causes Kids to Hate Attending Church?

• Lessons that are not age-appropriate.
Sssshhhhhh! Sit still and be quiet!
• Long services.
• Lessons that are not relevant to their lives.
• Teachers who do all the talking in class.
• When no one knows them personally.
• Music that is too “baby-ish.”
• Music from 1950.
• Leaders and parents whose lives during the week don’t match their lives at church.
• A church environment that feels like school, aka “Sunday School.” The last place they want to be on Sunday is where they have been all week.
• Being stuck in a room that was decorated by adults for adults.

Do you agree with these? Are there any you don’t agree with? What are some other factors that can cause kids to hate church?  
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Dale Hudson
Dale Hudson has served in children and family ministry for over 27 years. He is the Founder and Director of Relevant Children’s Ministries which provides resources and coaching for churches. He has been named one of the Top 20 Influencers in Children’s Ministry. He is the co-author of six ministry books, including If Disney Ran Your Children’s Ministry.

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