Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Prov 12:3
One of the primary areas of focus at CLCBC is the Children’s Ministries. We understand that no one seeks God on their own (Romans 3:10-12) and that everyone is conceived and born into this world as a depraved sinner (Psalm 51:5;Ephesians 2:3).
This includes all the children of our ministry who must repent of their sins (Matthew 3:2; Acts 3:19), believe in Christ as their Savior (Romans 10:9), and surrender to Him as their Lord (Luke 9:23; Romans 10:9).
The main mission of the this Ministry is “To nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus”
This Ministry is about developing the faith of children ages birth to fourteen. it looks at the whole child and seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. It is to reach out to them and draw them into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus Christ and with their church.
The Bible makes it very clear that they are very special to God. If you examine what the Bible says about children, you will notice a great number of perspectives:
• They are a gift from God. He gives children to parents as special sign of love and personal fulfillment (Deut. 7:13; Ps. 127:3).
• They are desirable. From creation, God has instructed us to bear children (Gen. 9:7; Deut. 6:3).
• They bring joy and blessings to adults. God provides many benefits to parents through parenting their children (Num 5:28; Deut. 28:4,11).
• They need to be taught how to develop a relation with God. One of our greatest challenges is to pass on our beliefs and understanding of God to our children (Exod. 12:26,37; Deut. 6:1-7; Prov. 22:6).
• They are so valuable to God that He commands us to protect them. Parent are to ensure the spiritual and physical security of their children (1 Sam. 20:42; Ezra 8:21).
• God loves them enough to ensure that they receive discipline. (Prov. 3:11-12; 13:24; 19:18; Eph. 6:4).
• God enjoys the nature and personality of children and asks adults to learn from them. Scripture identifies attributes such as sincerity, humility, simplicity, and trusting as qualities found in children, and God treasures these characteristics (Matt. 18:3; 19:14; Phil. 2:15).
If they matter this much to God, then they should matter as much to us, too.
Jesus’ Great Commission is: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20). Surly, this includes making disciples of children and leading them to make a personal commitment to Jesus.
Specific Initiatives to Reach the Goals of our Mission
– Make grace the basic message and model for Children’s Ministries by: Developing and promoting the curriculum based on the four gospel elements.
Training those who work in Children’s Ministries to understand and maintain the focus on grace as they use the new curriculum.
– Reflect diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of Children’s Ministries by
Involving people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds in every aspect of Children’s Ministries and at every stage of the development of new programs and resources.
– Portraying inclusiveness in pictures and design, and by modeling an acceptance of cultural diversity in stories from everyday life from a variety of families and cultures, refusing to show Biblical characters as northern Europeans.
– Enable and motivate volunteers who work for children to be better informed in their ministries by
Developing a Children’s Ministries how-to book that provides information and creative ideas for doing Children’s Ministries.- Develop cooperating ministries by working with family and youth ministries to: Develop a new paradigm for nurturing the faith development of children in their families. Develop materials for families on leading children to a commitment to Jesus.
– We also try to develop Safe ministries.
we choose volunteers with high spiritual and moral backgrounds; and adopt safeguards to protect children from physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse and the church from liability.