Jesus said, “Let the Children Come.”

The purpose of our children’s ministries is two-fold:
1. To come alongside parents in discipling their children to be followers of Christ
2. To reach children who do not yet know Jesus as their personal Savior
Our children ARE our most enduring LEGACY and are already defining the future.

Children Matter To God (Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions,George Barna)
• Children are a gift from God. (Deut. 7:13, Ps 127:3) • Adults receive special blessings through their children. (Deut. 6:3, Lam 4:2)
• Children are desirable. (Gen. 9:7, Deut. 6:3, Luke 1:24-25)
• Children need to be taught how to think and act in relation to God and His ways. (Ex. 12:26,37; Deut. 4:9-10, 6:17, 31:12-13)
• To have a fruitful relationship with God, children must be taught to obey Him. (Prov. 8:32, 19:26, Jer. 2:30; 3:22; Eph. 6:1; Col: 3:20)
• Children are so valuable to God that He commands us to protect them. (1 Sam. 20:42; Ezra 8:21)
• God wants to have a genuine relationship with His children. (Psalm 8:2, 34:11, 103:13; Matt. 21:15-16; Mark 10:13-16)
• God loves children enough to ensure that they receive discipline. (Prov. 3:11-12; 13:24; 19:18; 23:13; 29:15-17; Eph. 6:4)
• God enjoys the nature and personality of children. (Matt. 18:3; 19:14)

 Great Resources:

• Joiner, R. (2009).  Think Orange.  Colorado Springs: David C Cooke.
• Fowler, L. (2004).  Rock-Solid Kids.  Ventura: Gospel Light.
• Barna, G.  (2003). Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions.  Ventura: Gospel Light.