A Wonderful Blessing From God

child-prayingScripture clearly says that raising children is a wonderful blessing from God. Among other parental duties, we are to hand down our faith, teach the importance of prayer, and teach our children to love God with all their hearts.

Will your children have faith? Will your children’s faith matter? Seriously, will your children’s faith matter?

When children are a priority, God smiles. In this complicated and often frightening world, children need a spiritual home—literally. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary, says “We must realize that ALL baptized Christians are responsible for forming one another in Christ… even skilled parents can’t raise children alone; the authority of popular culture is too strong. They need the advice and support of the church.”

How can the church help families? How can you make children’s ministry the priority in your congregation?

1. Churches need to support parents, grandparents, godparents.
2. Churches need to honor and appreciate the work of Christian educators who can keep family education a high priority.
3. Churches need to teach adults to develop warm, trusting, safe relationships with children in order to provide moral and spiritual guidance.
4. Churches must fully integrate children into the life and worship of the congregation.

Charry says, “We need churches to turn their full attention to children, not to simply applaud them, but to lead them gently and steadily to God.”

Amen, Ellen!

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2 Responses to A Wonderful Blessing From God

  1. Shante says:

    I’ve always questioned my parenting skills especially with my oldest daughter. She’s now 20 and she has made some avoidable mistakes in her life. I agree that there is no perfect parent. I feel you learn as you go along. My youngest daughter is now 14 and I stay in constant prayer that the Lord would guide me in raising her in preparing her for the purpose he has for her life. There is so much evil in this world and it becomes difficult at times to protect our children from the things that don’t add any spiritual values. Once they are grown it’s hard to let go so they can live their own life you just want save them from those pitfalls.

  2. Curtis says:

    The last paragraph in this blog made me stop and think. We so often treat children as the next generation, rather than accepting them as the current church. It is as if they are told to wait until they are older to be christian. It is not about simply acknowledging them as the article says, but actively walking with them in this process.

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