Children’s ministries develop the faith of children from birth through age 14. Cooperating with the Sabbath School and other departments of the church, it seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. This department provides religious education to children and fulfills its mission by developing a variety of grace-oriented ministries for children that are inclusive, service-oriented, leadership-building, safe, evangelistic, and ultimately leads them into union with the Church.
The children’s ministries coordinator works with the pastor and board to establish a children’s ministries committee to provide ministries for children. The committee consists of individuals with interest and experience in working with children. Ordinarily the members include Sabbath School division leaders, Vacation Bible School leader, Adventist Junior Youth leaders, and two to three others who have a passion for ministry to children. Everyone involved in work with children must meet Church and legal standards and requirements, such as background checks or certification.
“When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all ages—to officers of the church, to ministers, helpers, and all Christians. Jesus is drawing the children, and He bids us, Suffer them to come; as if He would say, They will come if you do not hinder them.”—DA 517.
Sis Melonie Henry
Children’s Ministries Coordinator