The Kid-Friendly Church: What Makes Children Feel Loved, Valued, and Part of a Supportive Church Community

pp. p. 87-109Date Published: 15 September 2015

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Humans have a basic need to feel loved, valued, and part of a supportive community. Psychologists call the fulfillment of these needs “social support,” and its experience is associated with numerous important outcomes across psychosocial development. In this article, we explore the local church as a potential source of social support for school-aged children. We interviewed 20 church-going children between the ages of 6 and 13 to find out how they experience social support at church. We then categorized and summarized their responses to offer insight to ministry leaders who desire to create a “kid-friendly” church community.