Kids are the Next generation.
In an article in a recent issue of Tabletalk entitled, "Worldview at Home", Rev. John W. Tweeddale of Reformation Bible College wrote, "For the church to remain a city on the hill, the light of the gospel must shine brightly in the home." Christlike virtues are primarily cultivated in children at home. Too often we undervalue the significance of the household in the discipleship of a child, and we overvalue the contributions of the church. However, this does not mean children's ministries are useless.
Instead, the church's priority should be to equip parents to effectively disciple their children. While assisting mothers and fathers to lead their households in the teachings of Christ, the congregation is responsible to support them in their efforts. We devote ourselves collectively to teach the next generation the ways of God.
As one people, we must be servants to one another. Paul told the church in Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ." It is the burden for every parent to raise their child in the ways of God. However, the church community is instructed by God's Word to carry each others' burdens, so that we may walk in a manner worthy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is important for an entire congregation to be intentional in their approach to coach parents to be the primary spiritual teachers in their homes. Churches also must display the biblical identity of a family, whose shared responsibility is assisting the household with the burden of leading each child to spiritual maturity. This will be accomplished by our Sunday School class, and other innovative ministries designed by the collective gifts and strengths of individuals in the community.
We are in the process of implementing creative and effective ways to bring the stories and truths of God's word to the minds and hearts of children of all ages. Redeemer's goal is providing a secure and fun environment, where mature adults are actively teaching with humility and love. Our ministry to children is a deep partnership between every individual in the church and the parents to raise up young hearts in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As we faithfully seek to equip adults to do ministry with all ages, the state of the home, as the place where the gospel shines brightest, will become a reality.