Why So Many Churches?


Preteens ask this question–often. Why are there so many different churches? I read a great lesson yesterday that our very gifted Amy Weaver is editing about this very question. It was in the preteen Grapple curriculum. The anchor experience (designed to create cognitive dissonance in preteens and make them think about the question) had kids clumping together based on their favorite TV show. Then they had to find people who agreed with them about their favorite character from that show. The questions afterward did a great job of helping kids see that while people can agree on some things, they can disagree on others–perhaps that aren’t key essentials to the faith. And that’s okay. Then the kids get in teams and grapple with this issue by digging into the Bible. (And the takeaway is that while we may have disagreements about worship styles and/or other things, God calls us to unity as the body of Christ throughout the world.)I’m telling you…if you haven’t yet checked out Grapple for your preteens, you need to. We’re hearing from preteen teachers and ministers that their classes are doubling and tripling because preteens are loving it. And even better than that, preteens are grappling with faith issues and owning their faith like never before. Check it out at group.com/grapple today!

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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