We value our kids and seek to provide unique and intentional spaces for discipleship, teaching, and love. This happens within missional communities during the week and especially at our Gatherings on Sundays.
These spaces are:
When God blesses parents with children, they are given the privilege of making disciples in every aspect of life. Discipleship at its best happens in the family.
As a church, we’re dedicated to equipping parents to be the primary spiritual influence in the lives of their children. As a community, we come alongside the ministry of parents to teach and model Jesus.
We value children in our missional communities because Jesus values children. We want children to be active participants when we come together. While the current cultural trend is to separate parents and children in church and daily activities, it is our desire to nurture life-together as families inside the context of a gospel-centered community living on mission. It is actually within a community that children get to hear the gospel from lots of people and see the implications for following Jesus in normal life.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
– Deuteronomy 4:9
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
– Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Notice these words and phrases…’shall be on your heart,’ ’teach’ them, ’talk’ about them, when you ’sit,’ as you ’walk,’ when you ’lie down,’ and when you ’rise up’ are comprehensive and holistic in nature. Parents are therefore supposed to take advantage of every opportunity (formal or informal) to ensure that their children are taught to love God and obey His commandments.
Ephesians 4:11-12 makes it clear that the leadership in a local church is primarily responsible for ’equipping the saints for the work of service.’ While the concept of equipping is broader than children’s discipleship, our development of parents is certainly assumed. We are committed to equipping parents to raise their children in the knowledge of the truth.
Below are some helpful resources for parents.