by Joseph Parker
I wonder…with all the money that is now coming available to after school programs are we, as Christians, losing sight of the big picture?
I am getting prepared to go to Indiana on Monday for an all week Training with Strategic Global Assistance, an organization committed to training Christian Leaders using the model Jesus exemplified. At the heart of this training is this understanding from their CEO, Malcolm Webber:
“The centrality of the Person of Jesus Christ in Christian leadership. Union with Christ, the cross, suffering, holiness and dependency on the Holy Spirit (John 15:4-5) must be at the center of all our leader development. The Person of Jesus Christ is the Beginning and the End of all Christian leadership and leader development.”
As I read articles by The Search Institute and After School Alliance and the Federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, I have to wonder…are we, as Christians…doing all we can to develop our children into the leaders of tomorrow?
Is an after school program the answer for us in accomplishing this goal? Is keeping them “safe and off the streets” 3 hours a day an effective enough tool to accomplish this responsibility of the Church?
The obvious answer is, “NO!”
An even more obvious question is that just because it will not meet every need of a child, do we not do it?
But as Christians, if we take government money that tells us we must not include the Gospel, not talk about Jesus, not walk with these kids through life in such an intentional, long term manner that must include Jesus…are we doing all we can?
I truly believe, that as Christians…as the Church, if we truly believe in Jesus being the Christ, we must do everything we can to keep Him at the center of ALL we do; to keep our kids safe, educate them and develop them into the adult leaders they will become one day!
Visit our website at www.kidtrek.org to learn more about KidTrek’s plan to accomplish this goal.
Please…let me know what you think.