Should Kids Attend Main Church Service With Parents? John Piper, JD Greear Differ

Should kids attend the main church service with their parents, or is children's church a better place for them?

According to the Christian Post, pastors John Piper, accomplished theological author, and J.D. Greear, pastor of the North Carolina megachurch The Summit Church, differ on their answers.


Piper is passionate about children participating in worship with their families. He believes it's beneficial to have kids in the service starting at age 4.

Piper explains, "You want them to catch authentic worship. Authentic, heartfelt worship is the most valuable thing in human experience. Think of it. The cumulative effect of 650 worship services spent with mom and dad in authentic communion with God and his people between the ages of 4 and 17 is utterly incalculable."

On the other hand, J.D. Greear isn't as absolute on the benefits the main service over children's church and believes parents should have options for where to send their kids.

"We think it is important for families to worship together, and would hate the idea that a child at The Summit Church grows up and goes off to college and has never participated in an adult worship service," Greear argued, but "[a]t the same time, we realize that there are certain things kids and students can learn best if the content is tailored specifically for them. We leave it up to the parent's judgment when it is appropriate to bring their child into the worship service. For me, I begin to bring my kids into the service at age 8."

What do you think?