My previous post asked the question, “Who Do You Want A Child To Be When he Is 40?” The next question that has to be asked is, “What does the kid need today so he will grow into the man I pray he will become.?”
IT TAKES A CHURCH TO RAISE A CHILD WHO WILL WALK WITH JESUS INTO ADULTHOOD
- Intentional, individualistic discipleship of children by adults in addition to mom and dad.
- Adults committed to walk through life with children.
- Gospel centered Biblical teaching.
- Provide teaching so children are able to internalize the truth.
- Children think in the concrete – Biblical concepts are abstract.
- Curriculum that encourages Disciplers to share their own walk with God – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t be afraid of reality. https://sequoiatg.box.net/shared/czhcy2mbk2 Scroll down to Chat ‘N Chew.
- If we want children to walk with Jesus into adulthood the truth must sink in deeper than just the brain.
- Curriculum that speaks to the whole child (spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social).
- Children’s Ministry team continually asking, “Are we making the Church essential to the children? As adults will they need the Church to feel fulfilled?”
- https://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/essential-church-and-childrens-ministry/ Scroll down to read about the study of adult siblings – one who had walked with the Lord into adulthood, the other who hadn’t. The question was what made the difference?
- Every gathering of children considered to be a ministry – not just a program.
- Intentional Summer Ministries
- Summer is a time when kids can be taught skills, such as planning, there isn’t time for during the year.
- https://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/essential-church-childrens-discipleship-and-summer-ministry/ Scroll down to DAY CAMPS
- Make Summer Sundays different from the rest of the year – the kids need a break. https://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/essential-church-discipleship-of-children-super-summer-sundays/
- Provide opportunity for parents to learn what their children are learning so they can continue at home what was begun at church.
- Provide take home tool for parents to use to disciple their children at home on the concept the child was introduced to at church.
- Think of the church as a family – we are the Family of God.
- Families meet needs – provide spiritual, emotional, physical, social, mental support to families as needed.
- Discipleship Plans
- This is a tool that was created for “Secondary Nurturers” to use with children from at-risk families whose kids are in after school ministries. However, a Secondary Nurturer looked it over and said, “My husband and I have never thought of some of these areas for our own children. I’m going to use this.”
- Such a tool can be created for Christian parents to use as a brainstorming tool to think of areas in the nurture of their children they may be missing.
- Parenting classes
- Parenting tips
- Sunday Plus Curriculum provides a weekly Parenting Tip.
CONNECTING NEEDY FAMILIES TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- Family Plans for families with extreme needs.
- Again this is a tool I first designed while training churches to work with at-risk inner city families. Then in going through the KidTrek Training a Children’s Director said, “We have a couple of families who are members of our church who could use this type of ministry.”
- The church makes known that it has teams who will work with a family to assist them in moving out of difficult situations.
- The family works with the team to develop a plan to move them out of the “situation” in which they find themselves.
- If within the church its self there are not the needed resources (such as a lawyer) then the team will search the community for one who is willing to do pro bono work.
(I could add a lot more but this has gotten long. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I love to brainstorm with others who are committed to children walking with Jesus.)