The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Keep kids in the pews

Noise is the sound of growth

Recently St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash., went through the process of hiring a music director. During the search and selection process the music transition committee had the opportunity to get to know a few of the candidates.

As part of this team I enjoyed seeing how potential music directors would respond when I told them how much I love having kids in worship — and how I love it even more when I'm forced to preach louder because kids are making a little noise. Some people would politely smile and nod at my remarks, while others would give me a look of horror.

So why do I feel this way? Is it because I'm the father of a young, active and glowingly vocal kid? Nope.

I've actually always felt this way, and it's for three important and pastoral reasons:

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