As church life melds more and more closely to life in community, I’m encouraged. I love hearing about the work the Holy Spirit is doing in communities through individuals as their homes become hubs of ministry and their families become those sent to reach their neighborhoods.
With the focus on missional communities or community groups throughout the week, there are probably many opportunities for connection and growth within groups of adults, but the opportunities for kids may not be quite as prevalent. So, how do you provide those opportunities within the context of your church’s commitment to serving communities?
Here are 3 things you can do this week to help parents challenge the faith of their kids in missional living:
1. Include kids in the conversation.
As your community group or missional community meets, set aside time for kids to join in as you talk about what God has been teaching you and your group. Let kids help develop ideas of how to engage the community as well.
2. Challenge kids to also be missionaries.
Your kids can make connections with kids in the community just like you might make connections with the parents of those kids. Encourage them to build relationships and serve the community in a way that fits their ages and skills.
3. Focus on parents as the key disciplers of their children.
Encourage and equip parents to walk through Scripture and Bible truths with their children daily, challenging them to grow in their faith. Sometimes, for church leaders, this just means being a parent’s biggest fan! Provide resources and trainings for parents so that they feel comfortable discipling their children.
A few great resources for parents to check out:
Ready to Launch by JD Greear
Build a Missional Family
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Gospel Powered Parenting by William Farley
Give them Grace by Fitzpatrick and Thompson
What are you doing to include kids in the work God is doing in your community? What would you add to this list?