programs, lessons and activities. Ministry is personal. It is investing our very selves into the lives of others. It is living out the truth even as we speak it. Ministering to children means getting to know them so that we can communicate the gospel in meaningful and creative ways. Since building relationships is so important, we ask for a one-year commitment in most of our teaching ministries.
Fourth, we have a team ministry. All Christians have spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. Our church family is blessed with a diversity of gifts, abilities and personalities. No one sort of person is sufficient to accomplish the many things involved in children’s ministry. We need many people from all age groups with a wide variety of interests and talents, all working together, for balanced and effective ministry. We endeavor to staff all of our ministries with teams which work together to teach and lead, two or three teachers for each class.
Finally, we distinguish between essentials and appearances. The Biblical and Reformed theology which helps to define Covenant as a particular church will always be the foundation of our children’s ministry. The specific details of our children’s ministry may change now and then as our church family grows numerically and spiritually, but the foundational concepts and purposes will not. Our ministry to children will include worship, instruction, evangelism, service and fellowship. Exactly what these things look like in the life of our church family will vary, but the essence of the ministry will not because it is rooted in God Himself and in who He has called us to be.
We believe that the Bible speaks clearly to the importance of teaching children. Some of the verses that shape our ministry priorities are: