This video training was born out of research done by the Lifeway Research team which aimed to find the ten greatest influencers on the spiritual health of a child. I was first introduced to the content of this study at a family ministry conference I attended in the fall of 2017. It has impacted the discipleship methods taking place in my home, but it is also influencing my decisions related to children’s ministry here at SMRBC. Let me encourage you to take the time to watch this video and then think about what you can do as a parent or as a ministry leader in these areas. I have listed below some of my thoughts and suggestions on what we are doing as a church to help children grow into mature and healthy disciples.
What are we doing as a church? How can we encourage parents? What can we do better?
- Teach the Bible, read from the Bible, teach about missions (serving), Sing to the Lord. The Gospel Project curriculum and materials provide these opportunities.
- Encourage parents to participate in an adult Life Group. This will aid them in their own Bible understanding and train them how to use God’s Word in the home – Ask parents if they attend a small group. Make suggestions and invite them to join you.
- Encourage parents to read the Bible at home and pray with their children by prompting them with questions and sharing resources like the weekly take home sheet. Look for ways to hold them accountable to these values. This is only possible through conversations, so get to know parents and children outside of Sunday morning or regular program hours.
- Go on the family mission trip this summer with your kids or grandkids.
- Look for service opportunities that kids can help participate in with their families. Consider a class project. How can kids be helpers in your class? Think creatively. Let kids that do serve, share about those experiences with others. Create a culture of service.
- Invite parents to be a helper on Sunday mornings. Let them see your passion for teaching kids the Bible.
- Bible reading plans – Foundations for Kids and Exploring the Bible are two great resources for elementary age kids. Share these resources with kids and their parents. Give them as gifts for Birthdays or special occasions.
- Building Blocks “Next Step” classes – Monthly opportunities for parent and ministry training. In May, I am offering a new class for parents and children to take together. It’s all about the Bible.
- Building Block resources in the media center. Some of the best resources on topics related to children’s spiritual development are compiled in one place.
I am sure this doesn’t cover it all and hopefully the video has triggered some ideas in your mind. Let’s continue to pray for the future of the children we minister to each week. May God use the next generation to make His glory known throughout the world.