Child Discipleship: STIMULATING CHILDREN TO APPLY TRUTH

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe kids were full of energy as they came into the Gathering Room and sat down with their Discipler to begin the morning, “Say, who can tell us what we talked about last week?”

SILENCE

 The above is probably a scene that would be replayed across the world on Sunday mornings if such a question was even asked.

       WHY AREN’T WE MORE INTENTIONAL IN THE CHALLENGE AND        FOLLOW THROUGH OF APPLYING THE TRUTHS WE TEACH?

In a perfect world parents, THE Primary Disciplers, of the child would:

  • Be leading their children through continual informal discipleship –starting with the ride home from church, they would carry on a discussion of  that week’s Bible truth and continue the interaction throughout the week – to help with this they would have been given a guide on Sunday morning.
  • Set aside a time each week for Family Time when they have a formal discipleship time based on the lesson their kids learned that week.
  • Help their child develop the habit of daily Bible reading – read a short passage each night that relates to what they studied Sunday.

 REALITY

Parents aren’t being discipled themselves so they don’t have the absolute and undivided self-dedication to God that it takes to put God first in everything they do – thus the intentional discipleship of their children is most often left to the Family of God.

 Sunday Plus Curriculum is written to assist the Family of God in presenting the challenge as well as stimulating the kids to respond.

 Truth or Desire

 In the elementary Sunday Plus curriculum this little game  challenges the kids to critically think through their personal application of that week’s Biblical truth. It is played as part of Midweek Celebration or is played the following Sunday.  Go here to see two applications of Truth or Desire.

Go-and-Do Challenge

Each week the 5th/6th Graders receive a Go-and-Do Challenge. Their mission, if they choose to accept it, is to complete a specific Challenge by the following Sunday.

Click here to read a Go-and-Do Challenge

 What intentional steps does your church take to make sure the children are growing more in love with the Triune God each day and thus desire to apply the truths they are taught?.

Sunday Plus also has the tools mentioned above to help Primary Disciplers continue discipleship at home.

 

 

About Wanda

I have worked with children and families for over 40 years in both secular and Christian settings. • Following college I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and served in a migrant labor camp in Texas. • After VISTA I married Joe Parker. Joe was a Boy’s Club Director and we served in several inner city and barrio areas in So. California. • I served as Children’s Director and Family Pastor in three Orange County Churches. During this time I was a co—founder of CCMA • Right after the Los Angeles riots, and while serving as Family Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, Campus Crusade approached me to develop a reproducible ministry to reach children in inner city areas of America, known today as S.A.Y. Yes! Centers of America. • In 1998 I was invited along with 25 others, representing every continent of the world, to be part of a symposium in England. This was the initial gathering for the creation of a curriculum to equip people working with children living in difficult circumstances. Celebrating Children is taught today in Christian universities around the world. • In 2001 KidTrek was begun, a unique ministry to equip the Church to disciple children. Married for 47 years, I have three married children and eight grandchildren who walk with the Lord. The greatest gift a mother could ever have.
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