Extra Credit for Church Attendance

Written by: Dr. Whitaker, Head of School

Is it really that simple? A recent study by sociologist Jennifer Glanville found that students who attend church on a weekly basis get higher grades than those who don’t attend. Additionally, researchers discovered that students in grades 7 to 12 who faithfully attended church were less likely to drop out of school, had friends who got higher grades, and skipped school less than their unchurched peers.


Furthermore, many studies have shown the benefits of church attendance when considering lifespan, stress levels, and adolescent behavior. So, will attending church this week take care of that failing grade in Advanced Placement Physics? I don’t know. What I do know is that Jesus said in Matt. 6:33 that if we “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness all these things will be given to you.” The phrase “these things” has wide-ranging implications. Perhaps what God has promised, researchers are now discovering. If you’re looking for a church to attend this weekend, join us at First Orlando. You can learn more about services times and programs at


I’ll save you a seat at church on Sunday.




Steve Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School