“To be a thriving ministry, that cares for and equips parents to be their children’s primary spiritual leader, resulting in the evangelism and discipleship of school-aged families.”
We believe it is our calling to encourage, support, and supplement the teaching and discipleship that is happening in the home. The Bible teaches that the parent is the primary spiritual leader, and lays the responsibility for teaching children on their parents.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV)
This Biblical responsibility given to parents should not be ignored or abdicated, resulting in the church being a surrogate parent. Church programs for children and youth can reinforce what parents are teaching, but not replace it. They should not be the primary method for the discipleship of children.
“He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” (Psalm 76:5-7 NIV)