Scripture 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.”