Glorifying God Together
505 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO

Childrens Ministry

"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Methods

What follows is a short explanation of our method. How are we going to make the kind of disciples that our goal describes?

Prayer

As with any ministry, prayer will be foundational to operating and facilitating the church’s ministry to children. We will seek to model this consumption with God in our own prayer lives; seeking His Spirit of grace to be active in our ministries and in the lives of the children entrusted to our care.

Formal (Large Group) Teaching

We want to provide opportunities for children to learn the Word of God in settings with their peers, to begin learning how to serve one another and contribute as a part of a larger body, with opportunities to discuss truth with one another and even to teach one another, as they are being taught by a more mature Christian adult.

Relational (one on one/small group) Teaching

Typically a need for relational discipleship is not recognized until a child has reached the age of “youth” (usually 6th or 7th grade). Whereas many youth ministries are geared toward mentoring relationships, it seems that the younger children are usually overlooked and are placed in more “efficient” large group settings at all times. However, since we hold that children are made in the image of God just like all other age groups and are no less important to God than any other age group, we thus desire to model our children’s ministry after the overall vision for church-wide ministry, and want to establish genuine discipleship relationships with children of all ages if at all possible, with a view toward enriching their relationships with their parents, for the purpose of teaching them at a level specifically geared toward each individual.

What will we be teaching?

There will be 4 standards we will use in determining the kind of curriculum or material we will offer as a church in our all of our children’s ministries. They are: God-centered, Gospel-saturated, Parent-involved, and Age-directed. Basically these standards can each be seen in 4 different questions we will ask before we choose any curriculum for any children’s ministry function.

  • Is this curriculum thoroughly God-centered? Because the goal of our ministry, and more importantly the mandate of Scripture is to help children come to know, love, and obey God (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), we must teach them about who He is, so that they will begin to view the world through the lenses of His sovereignty and wisdom. The Gospel is about Him; it is about His gift of Himself to us; so we must teach our children about Him.
  • Does this curriculum focus heavily on explaining the Gospel? Because young children are so teachable and because their childhood will largely influence the course of the rest of their lives, we must take our responsibility to accurately explain and help them to understand the heart of the Gospel seriously. The Gospel is not a get-out-of-hell free card; it is a message about God, what He has done to rescue all people from sin, and it is a demand to follow this God wherever He leads for the rest of our lives. Though admittedly, teaching this Gospel to children is much more difficult than simply calling them to believe in a proverbial Jesus, we will remain committed to it, because in order for them to know God, love God, and obey God; they must first understand and accept the true and full Gospel.
  • Is this curriculum structured to encourage family participation and parent involvement? Because our ministry must be as much a ministry to parents as it is to children, we will choose our curriculum carefully, making sure that it encourages us to that end rather than distracts us. Scripture makes clear that the primary and immediate responsibility to raise children to treasure Christ, falls directly on the parents. In other words, God’s preferred means for raising children to know, love and obey Him is through parents, so we will labor to support those relationships.
  • Is this curriculum age directed and digestible for its intended age group?Just as no good food is enjoyable unless we take the time to chew and digest it, so it is with the material we teach to our children. If we do not ensure that they can comprehend what we are trying to teach, then we will invariably miss our goal of helping them know, love and obey God. So, we will work to ensure that the curriculum we use is age appropriate and conducive to reaching our goals.
  • So, what we teach will have to meet 4 specific standards, before we will even consider teaching it. It must be God-centered, Gospel saturated, Parent involved, and age-directed.

Evangelism

Young children are an especially teachable type of person. Great care will be taken to share the Gospel clearly with them at early ages, so that the rest of their lives might be characterized by the fruit of a disciple of Christ, making a lifelong impact on the Kingdom of God.

When sharing the Gospel with children, as with any age group, great care should be taken to present the Gospel biblically; exposing sin, explaining God's wrath on mankind because of sin, proclaiming the gracious one-time Sacrifice of Christ to satisfy God's wrath and the impossibility for man to satisfy God's wrath himself, explaining the need to repent of sin and trust in Christ because of His sacrifice as sufficient payment for sin, looking ahead at the results of having such faith in Christ (godly life and sanctification), and giving hope of the promise of eternal life.

Establishing Relationships with Parents and Children

Ministry at its foundation is relational. Therefore, if we want our children’s ministry to be as much a ministry to parents as it is to children, then we must not only form lasting relationships with children, but with their parents.

Modeling Godly Character

We want children to know that there are more people dedicated to Jesus Christ than just their parents. We want them to see what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus in as many lives as possible, to verify the truth of the Gospel in their hearts, so that they might be able to develop a well-balanced picture of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to support what is being modeled in the home.