Are you passionate about discipling children? Here at Harvest we believe that our mission
to go and make disciples includes the discipleship of our children.
The name of
our children’s ministry is Higher Ground.
We use the acrostic climb to communicate some of the values of our
ministry. We want to see children
climbing to higher ground in their relationship with Christ through:
C – Community
– We want to help children establish spiritually healthy friendships.
L – Love – We want our children to be loved and to provide
opportunities for our children to serve others in love.
I – Imitate – We want our children to be imitators of Christ
as they are discipled from the Word.
M – Magnify – We want our children to magnify Christ through
worship and prayer.
B – Boldly – We want our children to be bold in sharing
their faith in Christ.
Although we believe that the church has a great
responsibility to disciple children,
Parents are to take primary responsibility to disciple their children.
6 And these words that I command you today
shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your
children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk
by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
5He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
that the role of the church is to support parents in discipling their
children. Our desire is to partner with parents
to provide encouragement, accountability and resources while being another
voice speaking words of truth to their children.
Since we are
all one family in the body of Christ we believe that:
children is everyone’s responsibility.
In so many
churches children’s ministry is accomplished by a few brave souls who are
“gifted to” and “really like” working with kids, but we believe that it is the
responsibility of the entire church to disciple children. Whether or not a person is involved in the
nursery or teaching a group of 4th and 5th graders, as a
member of the body of Christ everyone is responsible to make disciples and that
includes discipling our children.
We want to be
a church that is passionate about children as Jesus was passionate about
children. We want to be a church where
children feel that they have many spiritual mentors and leaders. People who, even though they may not be
involved in children’s or student ministries, don’t mind stopping a child in
the lobby to offer a word of encouragement, or who don’t mind taking a high
school student to lunch to share the story of what God has done in their
life. We want to be a church where
people are looking for different ways to invest in and pour into the lives of
children and their families. This is
what Jesus expects.
13 And they were bringing children to him
that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant
and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such
belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not
receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed
them, laying his hands on them.
15 Now they were bringing even infants to
him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to him, saying,
“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the
kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not
receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
appear the disciples were real passionate about discipling children and Jesus
becomes angry at their apparent lack of genuine concern for the children and
infants that were being brought to him.
Jesus wanted them to be just as passionate about reaching children as they were in reaching adults.
We take our children’s ministry just as seriously as any other ministry
in our church. We are not baby-sitting,
we are not providing child care, we are discipling children. We hope you will join us in raising up children who are passionate about worshiping, walking with and working for Christ.