I read something very interesting a few weeks ago about church attendance.
The article pointed out that Mother’s Day is the Sunday with the third-highest church attendance.
Only Christmas and Easter had higher numbers.
Sadly, the same article pointed out that Father’s Day was near the bottom in terms of Sunday church attendance.
Now, certainly, some of this may be attributed to the fact that Father’s Day is during the summer months, while the cycle of family vacations are in full swing. But, this still struck me as sad.
As I have pondered this, I also did some research about just how important dads are in faith development. Read the following:
According to data collected by Promise Keepers and Baptist Press, if a father does not go to church, even if his wife does, only 1 child in 50 will become a regular worshiper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of what the mother does, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will attend church as adults. If a father attends church irregularly, between half and two-thirds of their kids will attend church with some regularity as adults.
If a mother does not go to church, but a father does, a minimum of two-thirds of their children will end up attending church. In contrast, if a father does not go to church, but the mother does, on average two-thirds of their children will not attend church.
How interesting that dads play such a key role! Ephesians 6:4 says: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
God’s Word is pretty clear about the important role that fathers should play in the life of the family. Dads, please pray about this. Be a man on a mission for the faith life of your children!
Bill Meyer is Trinity Lutheran's principal.