Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why don't you meet in a church building?
Question: Do you think that homes are the only place in which the church should meet?
Answer: Absolutely not! In several places, the New Testament mentions the church meeting in homes, but these same Scriptures do not tell the church where it should or should not meet. Therefore, we don't suggest that meeting in homes should be the norm or that it is always better than meeting elsewhere. For Generation Church, meeting in homes has provided a viable alternative to spending large amounts of money renting or purchasing a building. Are there alternatives to meeting in costly buildings? We think so. Is meeting in homes the right choice for every congregation? Probably not.
Question: Do you have programs for children and youth?
Answer: No. We are committed to the Biblical principle that parents are to be the chief teachers of their children (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). We would rather commit to encouraging and teaching parents how to function effectively in this role. Sunday Schools and youth groups unintentionally tend to remove the parents from their role and responsibility of teaching their children the Scriptures. In the CLBA, we have an excellent teaching tool in Luther’s Small Catechism. In our opinion, teaching the catechism should be the responsibility of the father in each home. We believe this catechesis should begin when the children are quite young and continue all the way to their teenage years. Dads can start with the basics of the catechism when the kids are little and add more content as the children get older. When fathers graciously teach their children in this manner over many years, the children learn to search the Scriptures for themselves.
Question: Are children invited to be a part of your worship services?
Answer: Absolutely! We are a family-integrated church, so we do not segment our weekly gatherings into age-groups. Children are invited and encouraged to participate in worship, where week after week they hear and absorb the Word of God as it is proclaimed. The Apostle Paul tells us that faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Will every child understand every word that is spoken? No, children are at different stages in their growth and development. But no matter what stage they're at, we're committed to helping them to grow in the knowledge of God's Word, which He promises will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). We understand that having children in the service can sometimes be distracting for adults, but a little distraction is worth the enormous benefit that our children receive by being included in worship.
During each of our gatherings, we devote time for the children to recite Scripture memory verses they learned that week.