Child Discipleship – Who Do You Want A Child To Be When He is 40?

As we pray, plan, develop and implement ministry for children it is vital that we stop and ask who we want that child to be when he is an adult.

I believe asking this question will make a big difference in how we do ministry to children.

Below is my beginning list. I’m sure it will grow and change – if I’ve missed something let me know.


A fully devoted follower of the Triune God
In response to his love for Jesus strives to obey – knowing he will continually fall
Daily admits brokenness, yet always sees hope and worth in Jesus
Self-talk is an on-going conversation with God
Loves God and Loves his neighbor
Knows God and Knows His Power
A studier of God’s Word  Deuteronomy 6
Discerner of Truth – does not compromise Truth
Boldness for Christ
Evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in his/her life
Walks with God and is Blameless Genesis 17:1
Biblical worldview
Actively involved in a God honoring, Bible based church
Uses His Spiritual Gift to the glory of God
Recognizes that apart from God he can do nothing of worth


God confidence
Secure based on relationship with Christ
Not fearful of emotions
Is able to express emotions in healthy ways
Knows Source of healing for woundedness and goes immediately to  the Source for healing
Full of joy and peace
Emotionally strong – able to persevere
Able to trust


Respect for others
Leadership skills
Good relationship with parents and siblings
Solid peer group of believers
Healthy relationship with more mature believers
Willing to get involved in the messiness of others’ lives
Godly humility in relationships
A care for the needy
Sexually pure
Godly use of finances/resources


Biblical Worldview
Mind of Christ
A continual learner
Critical Thinking Skills
Planning skills
Minimum of a high school diploma


Treats body as temple of God
Makes good choices
Dresses appropriately, I Timothy 2:9

Once you know who you want a child to become – how do you get him to that place? Click here for some thoughts


10 responses to “Child Discipleship – Who Do You Want A Child To Be When He is 40?

  1. What a great personal checklist for me as a teacher! Does my life model these attributes! Phew! Food for thought here.Thanks Wanda.

  2. Thanks Lin! I have a great respect for you so that means a lot.

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  4. Samson Adedoyin

    Child discipline is essential in preparing children for future.

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