“Essential Church?” and Children’s Ministry

By Wanda Parker

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If you minister with children and/or youth, if you are a parent, if you are a pastor –  and you haven’t read “Essential Church?” by Thom and Sam Rainer – YOU SHOULD.

The church is in deep trouble.  According to the Rainers’ research 70% of churched kids are walking away from the Lord because the church has never been made essential in their lives.

I really like what they are saying and I am going to add my penny’s worth of wisdom that I’ve learned over my 40 years of working with children and parents.  As I read the book I will blog in response.

1. In talking about the non-essential church the Rainers say,  “They have no clear process or structure for making disciples, in obedience to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20” pg 6

Does your church have a plan for the individualistic discipleship of children from birth up?  If they  don’t you are going to lose many of your own children.

Years ago I was told of study where they took adult siblings who had grown up in Christian homes and one had walked away from the Lord while the other continued to walk with the Lord.  The question they were asking was “Why?”  I think that when they began they thought they would learn that it was something that happened within the home.

BUT!  What they learned was that the sibling who walked away from the Lord had never felt connected to the local church growing up.

The sibling who continued to walk with the Lord into adulthood had close connections with adults within the local body of Christ other than mom and dad.

In other words he was discipled by members of the church other than mom and dad.  He felt he was ESSENTIAL TO THE CHURCH because of these intentional relationships.

This feeling of being essential to the church must begin in the Nursery.

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Henrietta Mears

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