Our Goals for Children’s Discipleship
We have two goals for Children’s Discipleship: (1) Equip parents to diligently teach and disciple their children daily; and (2) Provide age-appropriate Biblical overview teaching for young children that will prepared them to understand the sermons in the adult service.
1. Equip parents to teach and disciple their children daily
God commanded the people of Israel to diligently teach and disciple their children constantly, as described in Deuteronomy 6:4-7:
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
Just as the people of Israel were commanded to teach their children the Word and ways of God at all times, so too does the Church of Christ need to follow the same mandate today. Parents have the primary responsibility to teach, equip, and disciple their children using their God-given authority empowered by loving humility and gentleness. Knowing how to do this is not automatic once someone becomes a believer. Therefore, the church needs to equip parents with tools and resources to encourage, train, and support them as they seek God’s leading to disciple their children.
2. Provide age-appropriate Biblical overview teaching for young children
God has commissioned all of us with the instruction to make disciples, as it says in Matthew 28:19–20:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
One of the primary ways that the church teaches and disciples its members is through weekly sermons. However, these sermons can be difficult for young children to understand for a variety of reasons. Some children and infants are simply too young to understand what is being said, some have not developed an attention span long enough to stay focused for the entire message, some need simpler wording and concrete examples to reinforce the ideas, and all of them need a solid grounding in the basic fundamental concepts and overarching themes of God’s redemptive plan for humanity.
In order to meet these specific needs in our young children it is important that we provide teaching that will take them through the Bible in a logical and systematic way that constantly points to the redemptive work of Christ while using age-appropriate language and concrete examples that match their growing understanding and processing abilities. By providing a system of teaching that grounds them in the fundamentals of Scripture they will be prepared to join the adult teaching and understand what is being taught and where it fits into the overall picture of Gods’ Word.
Our Structure for Children’s Discipleship
To accomplish our two goals, we have established an intentional Children’s Discipleship structure. In this structure, the elders will oversee our Children’s Discipleship.
Within the age-appropriate teaching, we have established the following structure of teachers and leaders in order to manage the logistics and carrying out age-appropriate classes.
Our Children's Discipleship Steward is Julia Bauman.