Stewardship for Children

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 ESV)
Children are a part of the “world” for which Christ died.  If Jesus was willing to die for this troubled planet, maybe the church needs to care about it too.  We have a responsibility to do our part to love the world that Jesus loved so much.  And that “world” includes kids.
In A Theological Foundation for Children’s Ministry there are seven principles that should be our guiding focus as we work in children and family ministry:

  1. Children are wonderfully and uniquely created by God.
  2. Children are born sinful and in need of God’s grace.
  3. Children are invited into Jesus’ kingdom now and for eternity.
  4. Children receive and rejoice in God’s grace through Holy Baptism.
  5. Children are guided and guarded by faith-filled families.
  6. Children are nurtured and celebrated by the church.
  7. Children glorify God and are gifted by the Spirit to serve Him.

Congregational Stewardship
Children’s involvement in the stewardship life of the congregation.  Stewardship is defined as the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family – the church – in managing all of life and life’s resources for god’s purposes.  In other words, stewardship is part of our vocation, the roles God has given us to play in church, home and society.  As fellow members of the Body of Christ, we want to do all we can to help children spend time with God, get to know Him, enjoy His presence and listen to what He wants.
Next Week’s article:  Understanding Children
God Bless you!
Thank you for supporting Redeemer by The Sea,
Noreen Wenstone, Stewardship Chairperson