If you have not been able to be successful in integrating your family into a local church, consider your approach. It’s not easy to develop a spiritual relationship suddenly. It’s something that usually has to happen gradually. Take into consideration the following tips in order to be successful in educating and integrating your family into a local congregation.
When you repeat a process for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Knowing this, it’s important to develop a sense of consistency in attending church and church functions. This doesn’t mean you need to go 21 days in a row. Granted, most churches aren’t open 21 days in a row. However, you do need to make sure that your family understands the seriousness of the commitment and that you’re not giving up. Take your children to church once a week. You can even take them to the midweek service as well. However, do your best to make sure you don’t skip a week. If you do, this can send a message that church attendance is optional.
In many cases, people don’t like to attend church because they can’t relate to the experience. Make sure that there are people and experiences your family can relate to in the local congregation. If you have young children, attend a church that has programs and experiences for young children. If you would like to get involved in the women’s ministry or the miracle healing ministries, make sure that there are avenues at the church to do so.
Pay attention to the experiences of the members of the congregation. If everyone seems to be destitute, struggling and despondent, this might not be the place to be. You want to make sure that you and your family are attending a church that serves as a light of hope, community and transformational experiences. After all, if you can’t rely on your faith to pull you through challenging circumstances, it’s going to be difficult to believe. Make sure that you’re in an environment with people who believe and their lives reflect that.