The 3 Most Important Ways Your Church Can Disciple Children

ChurchLeaders | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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As a church leader, discipling children is challenging.

You have one significant roadblock you have to overcome: Time.

Think about it.

How much time does your church spend discipling children?

Programs - Studies

Do you provide programs or Bible studies?

Does your staff or volunteers spend one-on-one time discipling students?

Make - Evaluation - Amount - Time - Church

Make an honest evaluation of the amount of time your church directly influences children.

Is it one hour per week?

Hours - Training

Do you offer 2–3 hours of training?

Regardless of how much time you spend, it fails in comparison to the amount of time children spend with their family’s during the week.

Intention - Hopes - Rocks - Think - Salts

My intention in telling you this isn’t to smash your hopes against the rocks. Think of what I’m saying more like waving smelling salts under your nose to wake you up to the reality your church faces when it comes passing the torch of faith to the next generation.

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Mean - Programs - Studies - Children

Does this mean you shouldn’t provide programs or Bible studies for children?

Nope. That’s not the case at all.

Point - Programs - Support - Replacement

The point I want to stress is that you should view the programs you offer as support to parents—not a replacement.

Here’s the good news:

Need - Baby - Bathwater

There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

You won’t need to make significant changes in your church to empower parents and guardians to become disciple-makers in their home.

Post - Share - Ways - Parents - Children

In this post, I’m going to share with you three overlooked ways you can lead parents to disciple their children. What I’m going to share isn’t necessarily revolutionary. But it will help you to connect the dots.

Here we go!

Children - Children

Discipling children doesn’t begin with children.

Discipling children begins with their parents and guardians.

Child - Christ

Can you influence a child for Christ?

Absolutely.

Church - Leader - Children - Parents - Guardians

But as a church leader, it’s difficult to disciple children if their parents or guardians are not committed to Jesus.

Here’s the deal:

Parents - Jesus

As you lead parents to live for Jesus, then they’ll be able to guide their...
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