I am concerned… I am concerned that we are missing the forest through the trees when it comes to raising up the next generation in “the church”. I am concerned that we are not really teaching them what church is (or I think should be) … we are not teaching them that the church is a body with many functioning parts… that the churches mission is to go into the world and love the broken… that we are to tell people the good news… there is One who cares for them… One who sees them… One who has commissioned His bride to teach them.
I have been watching the children in the churches I’ve attended over the last little while… They stand to worship (mostly because they have been trained to)… they endure the announcements and offering… there may or may not be a prayer for them before they are sequestered off to Sunday school so the adults can enjoy the sermon in peace.
Now I am not anti Sunday school… my own children attend Sunday school (mostly for the reason above)… I have lovingly taught Sunday School… but I think there needs to be more.
I think we need to set an example to our children that they are welcome… I don’t have a grand scheme for accomplishing this… But I believe we need to engage them as important members of the body… they need to be taught that they are loved and valued… they need to see examples of sincere prayer… hear the stories of God at work in the lives of people they know and trust… and take part in a “family” of brothers and sisters who serve others…
Any ideas on how to accomplish
all any of that?