Children's Ministry can be one of the most rewarding ministries in your church. George Barna says, "The battle is won or lost for our children in the Children's Ministry of the church." What you do with children now is critical to their faith foundation. The spiritual foundation of a child is not developed through Bible head knowledge. A child can learn a lot about the Bible, but sadly, a lot of it will never change their heart. Child discipleship aims at the heart resulting in a heart change.
Nehemiah Kids is a unique discipleship ministry for grade-school children before transitioning into preteen and then student ministries. Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the king in his day. His service developed him into a leader over the people of Israel. Children in N.K. develop a servant leaders heart.
Our resources challenge leaders of children to live as examples as Paul did with Timothy in the New Testament. We understand that these younger believing saints have a calling to serve today. Paul discipled Timothy and trained and equipped him to be a pastor/leader in the church. The Disciple Group leader moves children from being mentees to mentors, from disciples to disciplers. Through Disciple Groups, children discover their spiritual gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve in their small groups and in the church.
They will learn daily spiritual disciplines at home to sustain their faith during difficult times as they move into preteen, middle, and high school. Our practical training tools (Parent Discipleship Handbook) help parents make their child’s spiritual life a priority at home.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CHURCH DURING NEHEMIAH KIDS?
There are two essential components to Nehemiah Kids: Ministry Training and Disciple Group. It is a unique ministry that requires a commitment from both children and parents. It is best to schedule the ministry at a separate time than Sunday morning service hours.
Ministry Training: The Holy Spirit gifts believing children in many ways. Ministry training allows them to choose an area of ministry in which they are gifted. Ministry training equips and trains them to use their gifts in ministry. Many churches we work with use their children's church services as a platform to allow their children to help lead worship, sound/tech, teach the lesson, games, etc. Ministry involvement is key to them discovering their purpose and identity in the body of Christ. Download a copy of our free spiritual gift test.
Disciple Group Time: The Disciple Group leader moves from teacher to mentor and discipler. They learn to aim at the heart for life change rather than the head for head knowledge. The success of the Disciple (small) Group results from children faithfully doing their daily quiet times at home. Transformation comes about by spending daily time with the Master. It also allows the D.G. leader to heavily involve children in their Disciple (small) Group using their gifts to help teach part or all of the weekly D.G. lesson. Click here to review samples.
Community Ministry/Missions: Part of the commitment of L.I.T. is to train both children and preteens how to share their faith. We believe that every believer, including children and preteens, is called to share the Gospel with a lost and dying world. Our community outreach materials give you the tools to train them. L.I.T. is committed to raising young missionaries to reach their world with the Good News of Christ.
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