What We Do
EGM establishes National Ministry Teams that are governed, staffed and funded from the local Christian community. With support from Every Generation Ministries, these National Ministry Teams provide innovative leadership development programs and high quality Bible teaching resources for children’s workers in local churches. What we do in our leadership development programs and Bible teaching resources is built on our understanding of five qualities of a Model Children’s Worker found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Our leadership development programs focus on developing Model Children’s Workers where we work that evidence the following five qualities:
v. 5-6: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts.
Ministry to children begins with the children’s worker’s heart. As they love God, that love flows through them to the children. As they live according to God’s commandments, their example teaches the children. Relationship is the foundation for their ministry.
v. 7: Impress [these commandments] on your children.
Model Children’s Workers teach the Bible to children. The truth of scripture is effectively taught not when Children’s Workers repeat a traditional story just as they learned it or when they teach straight from the curriculum, but when the Bible itself is studied, read and taught to children.
v. 7: Talk about them…
Many children are taught as if the Bible is a collection of stories that have no connection to their real lives. Through an open and honest dialogue, Model Children’s Workers help children understand the scripture as more than a story. What we do is discuss with the children how the Bible applies to them, individually and personally.
v. 7: … when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Teaching should be intertwined with what children experience every day. Model Children’s Workers create an activity that takes learning past a cognitive exercise and into an actual experience. Children need to experience the feelings connected to the objective of the lesson. Within the learning process, talking and hearing are valuable, but experience has lasting impact.
v.8: Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your home and on your gates.
The Word of God should affect what a child does with his or her hands. It should affect how a child thinks with his or her mind. No child should leave church without knowing how he or she can personally respond to the Word of God. Model Children’s Workers give children practical opportunities to respond to the Word of God.
EGM Bible teaching resources include these same five elements. They are developed by our National Ministry Teams within the culture, making them Biblical, age-appropriate, culturally-relevant, and life-applicable.
How We Evaluate What We Do
EGM is working to develop a growing number of Model Children’s Workers in every country where we serve. Each of our National Ministry Teams uses a database to track what we do with each of the children’s workers. They conduct regular evaluations of a statistically significant number of children’s workers. The evaluation is based on the five qualities of a Model Children’s Worker. EGM currently has more than 20,000 children’s workers involved in our leadership development training programs and/or using our Bible teaching resources. The Crucible Project is a new initiative being done in cooperation with California Baptist University to evaluate the spiritual transformation of children affected by what we do in our ministry.
In 2012, EGM launched the Titus Project, focused on moving our National Ministry Teams to become completely operationally funded from within their own national Christian community. We feel that ultimate ministry evaluation is in the hands of God, however accountability and evaluation are best done within the national Christian community.