You might ask what is the difference between L.I.T. and other curriculum's or programs? L.I.T. is not a program, but a process by which to reach preteens with the Gospel of Christ and to disciple, equip, and release them in ministry.
We have found through L.I.T. that the secret of leadership development is to begin discipling children and preteens early and allowing them to serve in the church using their spiritual gifts on a regular basis.
L.I.T. uses a seven-step process, which we call the discipleship and equipping process. When a church is properly trained and they walk children and students through these steps, the preteens spiritual foundation is set, and they become solid Christian leaders in the body of Christ at a very young age.
1. God and Church: The call of the church is to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) and to equip every believer for ministry using their spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). We are committed to properly train you so that you can train leaders how to disciple and equip children for ministry. What are church leaders saying about L.I.T.? Click here.
2. Family: Parents have a calling to disciple their children (Deuteronomy 6:1-8). The church provides discipleship resources and proper training for parents to walk with their child as they grow in Christ. Children learn six spiritual disciplines of The Cross at home and at church that have proven to transform their lives. Family testimonies.
3. Discipleship and Equipping: The church provides properly trained adult leaders to partner with parents in discipling their child. (Our online training is included in the yearly membership). This leader builds on what the child learns at home as well as equips the child for ministry according to their spiritual gifts and releases them to minister (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-13). Children learn six spiritual disciplines of The Cross at home and at church that have proven to transform their lives.
4. Ministry Training and Involvement: The church provides training for children to facilitate learning ministry skills, such as tech, puppets, praise team, etc. It also provides places of service within the body of Christ so that they might develop their spiritual gifts in the church and community (Ephesians 4:11-13). For ministry training ideas, click here.
5. Missions: Every believer has a calling to make disciples—this includes children. Children and preteens are taught how to share their faith and are equipped to present the Gospel through music, teaching, and counseling the lost. When properly trained, they are released during their Mission Trip as young missionaries to share the Good News of Christ. Join us on our next L.I.T. Mission Trip. Click here for more information.
6. Discipling Others: Through the recommendation of adult leaders, believing children who are faithfully walking with Christ are trained and released to disciple younger children in the church and minister with an adult leader present (Matthew 28:19-20). They become disciple makers. To hear testimonies of preteens discipling younger children, click here.
7. Discovering Their Purpose: The final step of the process is to give students greater and greater responsibility in the body of Christ. Through these steps, they become competent servant-leaders in the body of Christ. To hear their stories, click here.