Money and children in household church

I had an email from someone yesterday asking about money and children in household church. Here’s what I replied …

We do ‘money’ is a whole variety of ways in TCH. A few principles. 1. We aspire to live for heavenly treasure not worldly treasure so there are lots of people living on much less than they could earn. 2. We make no distinction between supported and unsupported gospel workers. So among the leaders there is a real mix and leadership is not linked to support in any way. We have supported workers who are not leaders and leaders who are not supported. 3. We are committed to muddling through! In other words, there are whole variety of ways people do funding. One or two raise personal and grant support. More often people combine some support with part-time work. Others work in secular jobs full-time. And a lot of people work part-time and just live on less. Our family lives mainly of my wife’s income as a teacher plus some personal support and what I earn from writing.

I’ve raised my two children in household church. They were 6 and 3 when we started and now they’re 14 and 11 We have a chapter on children and young people in Total Church, but here’s the two minute version. I think household church is a great context to raise children. There are challenges – the challenges of integrating them week by week. But better that by far than postponing those challenges until a crisis moment somewhere in their teens when they’re expected to make a big jump to church. You do lose some peer opportunities (although you can address those by working as a network of household congregations). But you gain something more valuable – children and young people interacting with Christian community and, especially, having Christian role s who are older then them, but not as old as their parents. Lose you images of a youth club with 50 kids running around like mad things on a Friday evening and gain instead an image of teenagers hanging out with committed Christians in their twenties.


2 thoughts on “Money and children in household church

  1. With regards to teenagers losing their peer group, it’s not just networks that can help them know other Christians, school CU’s are often really valuable, and often in some parts there are monthly / termly Christian events that happen.

  2. I’d be interested to know if you’ve addressed the impact of paid work for teenagers – it is having an increasing impact on teenagers lives in Australia. I wrote a post about this some time ago on my blog ( Teenagers doing paid work can be good, but it can also lead to some rather self-indulgent practices with money. Then of course there’s the impact that paid work for teenagers has on church, family and school involvement. How do we help children to be godly and wise with money? How do we help parents to help their children to understand the place that money has in their lives?

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