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Children's Ministry Overview & Purpose
Our Children's Ministry Purpose :

To proclaim who God is and what He's done- to the next generation.

"We will not hide them from their children, we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done." Ps. 78:4

Our Children's Ministry Vision:

To accomplish these purposes the following "Vision Points" were developed. We will strive through persistent prayer and reliance on His power to:

1) Establish a firm knowledge of the entire Word of God
2) Communicate the Gospel in word and deed to children in our church and community
3) Enable kids to embrace Christ through consistent corporate and personal worship and service to God
4) Assist parents in the Christian nurture of their children
5) Promote inter-generational involvement with children in our church

Vision Point #1 - Establish a firm knowledge of the entire Word of God by teaching:

A) God-centered content
B) Sound doctrines of our faith
C) Basic Bible knowledge (timeline, Old & New Testaments, authors, etc.)
D) Beyond basic Bible stories (Noah, David & Goliath, etc.) to have a comprehensive view of the Word
E) The discipline of scripture memorization
F) Practical application of truth
G) Age appropriately considering the different learning styles of children

Vision Point #2 - Communicate the Gospel in word and deed to children in our church and
our community by:

A) Presenting the Gospel regularly in teaching times
B) Providing opportunities for Gospel outreach (VBS, Easter Egg Hunt, Wed. night program, etc.)
C) Teaching students how to share the Gospel and their personal faith with others
D) Witnessing God's power as we pray for transformed lives
E) Preparing students to be salt and light in their culture for the cause of Christ

Vision Point #3 - To encourage corporate and personal worship as well as service to God
(teaching that it is only the work of the Holy Spirit that transforms hearts) we will emphasize:

A) The privilege and command of corporate worship

1) through recognition of His greatness and worth
2) through prior heart preparation

B) The discipline of worshipping and seeking God in personal devotions through the tools of:

1) systematic Bible study
2) the development of a meaningful prayer life

Vision Point #4 - To assist parents in the Christian nurture of their children by:

A) Teaching and training the children the vision points above
B) Providing resources for enhancing family spiritual growth
C) Encouragement and affirmation regarding their child

Vision Point # 5 - To promote inter-generational involvement with children in our church by:

A) Providing opportunities for connection between children and church body (viewing the whole church collectively as teachers)