This is the second of seven monthly posts from the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation. The podcast and other links are at the bottom of this boast.
For more about this series of posts go to the Introduction post
These posts will contain a summary of the commitment along with some ways we are trying to implement that commitment at Trinity Baptist Church.
The second commitment is "Fostering a Robust Partnership Between Church and Home."
"The church is not primary, and parents are not sufficient."
Trinity Baptist Church wants to help parents joyfully pursue the Living God. Parents are responsible for the discipleship of their children. "The church is not primary." The church has been given the Great Commission - to go into all the world and make disciples. Individual family units cannot do this on their own. "The parents are not sufficient."
The children's ministry at Trinity Baptist Church has acknowledged this both/and relationship between the family and the church. We want to continue doing this and grow in our parent equipping ministry. What does this mean? First, as a church, we need to pray for the children and families God has brought to us. The second part of this equipping ministry is providing resources for children and parents to grow more and more into the image of Christ. This website, the curriculums we use, the books near the check-in station, and other many other resources are not meant to replace God's Word but they are meant to help families learn and live out the truth of God's Word. Third, we want to train parents on how to use these resources in a way that is helpful to individual families.
Podcast: Fostering Partnership Between Church and Home
Article/Video: Should Childrens Ministry Be Church-centered or Family-centered
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