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Roadmaps for Child Spiritual Development

For the longest time, I’ve been at a loss for a concise answer to the question, “What discipleship plan/roadmap do you have to bring children from birth up through grade 6?” Yes, I’ve always had an answer but never a nice concise answer that can be put on brochures or FAQ sheets. While getting ready for a children’s ministry feature in the main auditorium a couple of weeks ago, it dawned on me that I do have a roadmap for the children at Redwood. The funny thing is that it’s been around for quite a while… as part of the rules we have on the weekends for the elementary groups!

Here it is…

At Redwood Kids we are teaching kids out of the Bible…

  • About who God is
  • How much God loves them
  • How to best follow God so they can have the most amazing lives
  • and, How they can change the world around them as they continue to follow God
I know that this isn’t a revolutionary roadmap, but it best articulates what I’ve been doing for many years with kids. It starts in the nursery ages with introducing them to the name of God and Jesus and associating those names with safety, good feelings and love. Then we add the element of how much God loves children in those toddler years. As they progress into the pre-school and Kindergarten years we start showing how they can best follow God. Then in the elementary years we add the missional aspect of the Gospel showing kids how they can change the world around them as they continue in relationship with God.
How about you? What is your roadmap/spiritual plan for the spiritual development of children in your church?

5 Responses to “Roadmaps for Child Spiritual Development”

  1. Jeff October 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    We are trying to show them that God loves them, how they can show God they love Him, and that we love them, because God loves them.

    I am currently looking for something to hand out that is a daily exercise for the kids, though. I want to teach them to spend time with him every day and give them a tool to use to that end. Any suggestions?

  2. Rob October 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    This is kind of different but we broke everything down into three things:

    - Introducing kids to God
    - Providing opportunities for life impacting relationships
    - Presenting the Bible in a practical way

    I am not sure that counts as a roapmap but instead things we can measure to help us win. I need to give the roadmap idea more thought.

  3. Carolyn October 16, 2008 at 5:53 am #

    I’ve been pondering this question, too, and, as a staff our church, we’ve talked about the need for us all (children – adult pastors) to agree on a definition of what a fully-devoted follower of Christ looks like. Then, we need to list what basic beliefs and habits they need to have. Once we do that, we can decide which truths children’s ministry needs to focus on and which spiritual habits/disciplines we can start developing in kids. I’m not sure the answer will be concise (as in 1 sentence), but we should be able to get it down to a few lists. I’m exciting about getting this down so we can put it on a brochure.

  4. Desiree October 30, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Carolyn-

    As Christ followers, we should follow what Jesus says. Jesus came to testify to the truth (John 18:37). We should focus on the truths he gives us.

    …Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3

  5. Child spiritual development December 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Child spiritual development is what the child needs for there development on ther erly age they need that espicialy the parents.

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