Children’s and Family Ministry Forum: Session 1


In case you missed it here are the notes from our recent Children’s Ministry Forum. We really enjoyed being able to present our vision for Children’s, Youth and Family Ministry on Sunday morning and look forward to discussing the many issues that come from teaching our children the word of God in our homes.

INTRODUCTION
A Question for Discussion:
How was the word of God taught to you as a child if at all?”

While there was a varied response, we found that generally, most families rely on the church to teach children about God and His Truth. The norm in many of our homes is NOT mom and dad, together, strategically, and intentionally teaching God’s word to their children.

In response to this reality Pastor Chris has challenged us to break this cycle in our homes, saying, “We don’t want that to be our norm! We want to change this. We want to break the cycle and be intentional about teaching and instructing our children in God’s word, in our homes daily.

The Scriptural inspiration for this comes from Psalm 78 and Deuteronomy 6. A selection from Psalm 78 is worth citing,
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

With the Scriptural mandate for parents to disciple and teach their children in the ways of God daily, CVCC humbly presents the following vision for Family Ministry.

The Value of Children
We believe that mankind was created by God, in the image of God, that we might worship Him, as well as proclaim and enjoy His glory forever. We believe therefore, that man’s deepest fulfillment and joy is found in communion with God. Since man was created by God, for God, and in the image of God we value our children.
We stand against our culture’s devaluing of human life. This includes children, both born and unborn. We believe that the Bible teaches us to value children as much as any other age group; therefore we will treat all children with honor and love for the sake of Christ.

The Nature of Children
We believe children, although created in the image of God, are by nature born as children of wrath and by choice seek fulfillment and joy outside of communion with God. We believe children are born spiritually dead until born of God being redeemed and forgiven by Jesus Christ, through repentance and trust in Christ alone for their salvation. In their spiritual deadness they are without saving faith and therefore without the moral ability to submit to God or please God.
In addition to sharing the fallen, sinful nature that all humans have, children are also less developed in their physical, intellectual and emotional capacities than adults. They are in the process of growing up. We believe in the power of God to change children so they become vessels for His use even while they are still children.

The Role of Parents and the Church
We believe the Bible emphatically lays the primary responsibility for teaching and modeling God’s truths to Children upon parents. We believe the members of CVCC should understand, embrace and encourage parents to fulfill the responsibility of teaching God’s truths rather than laying the responsibility solely on the church.
We believe the Bible teaches us that only through a transformed heart and renewed mind will children and parents embrace the truths of God. We desire to see God change the hearts of parents, causing their words and lives to spill over into the passionate teaching of God’s truths to their children.
Therefore, we want the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Sunday Morning Worship Services of CVCC to move us, as the body of Christ, to worship God and teach his truths in our homes.

The Role of Children’s Ministry
We believe Children’s Ministry at CVCC should proclaim the “glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders He has done.” We believe all instruction, activities, and any direction of Children’s Ministry will focus on magnifying the worth of God.
We believe that by God’s grace the prayers and service of adults in Children’s Ministry will have great effects in the lives of children and in the church as a whole. We look forward to our children repenting of their sins, trusting in Christ alone, growing in their vision of God, and learning to joyfully spread a passion for the glory of God in all things through the means of clear biblical teaching, prayer, memorization, and accountability.

Sunday Morning Worship Service
We believe the bible teaches the importance of regular God centered, bible saturated worship in the life of the church. In Sunday morning worship, both our inward feelings and our outward actions should reflect the indescribable worth of God. Therefore, at CVCC we will strive to have every aspect (music, teaching, and prayer) of the Sunday morning service magnify the worth of God as he has revealed himself in his word.

Youth Ministry Vision
For the Youth Ministry Vision statement click here or see the post below.

We closed our time giving everyone time to write down any questions that this vision might raise. In addition, any questions pertaining to children’s ministry and making disciples of our children were encouraged. Some examples will be posted in the comments section below and guests, attendants, and members of CVCC are encouraged to post more questions in the comments section.

Information on our next session will soon follow. Join us for the next session where there will be opportunities to ask more questions, discuss ways to teach our children, and encourage each other as parents and as people that want to see Children come to a saving knowledge of Christ.


To God be the Glory!


P.S.
Here are links to some of the books Chris mentioned in our session and come highly recommended by CVCC.  You’ll find some of these titles available for free on our resource table in the entry way of the Church building. 
John Piper’s “This Momentary Marriage” is also available as a free download HERE

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3 thoughts on “Children’s and Family Ministry Forum: Session 1

  1. Here are some of the categories and types of questions presented to us that the staff will be considering until next time. Thank you for submitting them and feel free to add more in the comments section. God bless!

    How to protect our children from the sinful influence of the world?

    What is the role of prayer if God is in total control?

    How do I teach my kids HOW to pray?

    How do I deal with children that DON'T listen? How do I curb my frustration with them?

    How can I love a child that expresses nothing but hate and resentment for me and my instruction?

    How do I raise a godly child when my spouse isn't a Christian?

    How do my spouse and I reach an agreement about a parenting style, especially if they're not a Christian?

    Where can I find good informational resources for parenting?

    How do I help my child understand that what might be acceptable to the world may not always be acceptable to God?

    How do we, as parents, determine the reasonable age for our children to be in the adult worship service?

    Is there value in a bible memorization program, like AWANA for instance, that we should consider?

    What is the position of CVCC regarding how children should behave in the Church's building and treat the Church's building?

    Will there be anything in the adult worship service geared toward young children?

    Can we have some input on Ephesians 6:4? “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

    Are we wasting our children's time by keeping them in an adult worship service, i.e., a service that is not primarily geared for their age group? Should they have a separate worship service designed for them that takes place simultaneously?

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