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One of the many challenges that Community Groups face is how to handle children in the community. We have a key conviction that children should be included and seen as members of the Community Group.
This means they are seen as members of the community that need to be discipled with the gospel as we seek to be a community on mission. If we don’t count the children, then we could easily find ourselves in the situation one of our Community Groups faced where there were 14 adults and a total of 16 children. That’s 30 total people that must be considered and accounted for in order to even meet as a Community Group, but they only considered their group as having 14 people.
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In New York City, there are no apartments that fit 30 people, and even if there were, 16 children in one apartment is asking for chaos and destruction. It became unmanageable and impeded the ability of the Community Group to care for one another and be on mission together.
The scriptures discuss the church community as a family and we all know the extended family is involved in raising and developing the children. When you move beyond church as an event into church as a family we discover the blessing of including children in Community Groups.
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The children are given models of the Christian life other than their parents in all walks of life with varying pasts that educate them on the paths and careers they would want to pursue. The various spiritual gifts, talents and resources in the church are displayed for them inside of a community that is seeking to love Jesus most and to love them.
If I had never been shown how to parent by a family before I had kids, I would have been a dramatically...
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