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Where do children belong in the Church? Many times they have been excluded from church life and ministry. This book integrates the children's ministry through the church, the cell group and the family. It clarifies the heart issues for the church's ministry to children, and issues a call to parents and church leaders to disciple and equip all children for ministry.
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Through ageless centuries, God has had a dream. In his mind, his Kingdom has already come. His reign is established. Those who love him rejoice in his presence and serve him. Young and old, men and women, they encompass every race and rank. Among them is a host of riotous children, serving and obeying him with their whole hearts.
In our world, we cannot see God's dream. We are too hedged in by the pressures of the society we know. Yet every time we pray "Thy Kingdom come," we are affirming his dream. When will it become real on earth, as it is in heaven?
Our churches have become accustomed to children who are cheerful, noisy and mostly bored about God. We hope they will be different when they grow up; we don't expect much of them now. Our expectations for them are insignificant, compared to the dreams God has for them.
You cannot judge the success of the Children's ministry by the number of children present. You should look at the product of the Children's Ministry. You are successful if the children are becoming fully active and committed followers of Jesus.
Simply hoping is not an answer. Parents and leaders need to talk to those who have left the church of their childhood. Why did they leave? Did their childhood faith make any impression on their adult lives?
I spent 25 years trying to make the Sunday School system work. I trained diligently. I learned to draw and to use puppets...practiced story-telling...sat on committees...wrote lesson material...even trained others. In the end, I saw it was not working. For all the effort, creativity and dedication of the leaders, children were still walking away from the church, unconverted and uninterested.
That's what drove me back to the Bible to rediscover God's dream. He loves children. He doesn't bring them into the world with the idea that one day they will be lost.About the Author:
Lorna Jenkins is an international children's speaker and consultant. She has been working with children throughout her ministry and has studied children in small groups during her doctoral studies. She has worked for some years with Dr. Ralph W. Neighbour Jr. in the U.S. and at Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore. Born in New Zealand, she is a pastor's wife. She has three grown children and several grandchildren. She holds the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Columbia International University. She is the author of various books and children's resource materials.
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Book Description TOUCH Ministries International Pte Ltd, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9810099932