“By the time children are 10 years old, the lens they are looking through to interpret the Gospel is the lens of secularism,” explains Matt Markins, president and chief strategy officer, Awana. “Furthermore, by the time children are 14, their worldview is largely fixed.”
Markins says this begs the question are we adequately preparing today’s kids to engage a post-Christian culture and lead the Church of 2050?
“The research, as well as the overwhelming response from church leaders, is a resounding ‘no.’ We must move toward resilient child disciple-making which is fruitful and backed by research and Scripture. The future of the Church will be shaped by how we respond to this crisis,” Markins said.
Awana, the global leader in child and youth discipleship, is set to bring together a host of renowned ministry experts in Nashville for the Child Discipleship Forum in order to help children’s ministry church staff counter rising secularism.
Gathering children’s ministry leaders, senior pastors and parents to collaborate, pray, learn and dialogue about critical factors shaping long-term discipleship in children, the Child Discipleship Forum will be held September 16-17 at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland