A Biblical Model of Discipleship
Every Generation Ministries is working with children’s workers in churches around the world to develop transformational children’s ministry.
We look to the Bible itself for ministry guidance as we learn how to disciple children. Deuteronomy 6 has been our foundation for developing a growing number of “model” children’s workers around the world.
We believe that Deuteronomy 6:4-9 provides five simple qualities of transformational teaching. Each one is essential to the mission of giving every child a chance to respond to God’s Word.
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: … 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. 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.8: Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames 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.