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Can a Child be Over-Churched?

Posted by on 5 July 2011



One of my favorite sites for Christian materials for home and religious education is Ministry-to-Children.  The author is Tony Krummer.  It contains so many articles, printables, and just anything that you might need.  Last year, he even recognized my blog as one of the “Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs” and I was so honored!!

Recently, he’s been discussing children being over-churched.  This is a really touchy topic, but I think that he’s handled it well.  I’m pretty much in full agreement with everything that he’s said.  I know some of these over-churched kids and it’s as sad to see them as the ones who never go to church.  Some of these kids eat, drink, and sleep church.  That’s definitely over-churched.  I know families that think that because they basically live at the church, that it makes them “good Christians”.  Anything in access doesn’t make “good”!!

I find it very hard to talk to these families too.  I almost feel like they’re brainwashed because every part of every conversation has to revolve around God and church.  I say brainwashed because people often don’t understand my religion and don’t want to and often tell me that my faith is “wrong”.  I don’t know how it can be wrong just because one doesn’t understand it and I’m not the same thing that they are.  What I’m saying is, these kids are very hard to reach.  Probably because they think they know more than me or know it all.

In all honesty, I don’t think that’s what God expects from us.  Personally, I think being in church and religion classes that often causes you to lose something.  The real connection and purpose of it all.  There’s so many important aspects that happen away from the church and religious classroom that are as much a part of life as church is.  To fully experience life, they must have a balance of both!!

I highly recommend that you check out everything that Tony has had to say on the subject of over-churched kids.  It’s so well put together and I enjoy the way he puts his thoughts out there on this topic.  You can find out what he’s said all in one post with links to his stories and comments here.

What are you thoughts on over-churched kids??


4 Responses to Can a Child be Over-Churched?

  1. LMLu

    I, too, see this in our parish. I am a parish secretary and I teach 2nd grade religious education classes, and I am in charge of VBS. Children need a variety in their lives. One family in our parish homeschools, goes to daily Mass, the boy (only) serves at Mass, they are involved in a Catholic homeschool group that meets at the church twice a month and in another homeschool group that meets at another Catholic church, and they pray the rosary daily, at least once. Their textbooks come from Seton, which include Catholic theology EVERYWHERE (in reading, in Math, in Social Studies….not just in religion !) They don’t know how to relate to other kids!!!

  2. Debbie

    Because I am involved in so many different ways at my church, I sometimes worry about taking my kids there so much. It is nice to see them so comfortable at church but at the same time I don’t want them to be too comfortable. By the end of the school year I am pretty burned out from teaching Sunday School and all of the activities that go along with it and also with church events that I can be seen nearly running out the door. lol Summer is my break from everything and I make sure it is for the kids. I and they need to re-group and refresh.

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