Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea. – Mark 9:42
Often, within a local church, ministry to children may become an afterthought, a troubling necessity in place only to allow adults the opportunity to enjoy their own activities unimpeded. Jesus certainly didn’t see things this way. When His disciples saw a group of children being a nuisance, Jesus welcomed them as a nurturer.
As parents, grandparents, and leaders of local churches, we should continuously evaluate our ministry to children. As condemning as it would be to neglect their physical needs, it is just as irresponsible to neglect their spiritual growth. For if we are negligent with their care, we will be guilty of rearing up a new generation of anemic, unbelieving, disobedient adults.
In a word, where will the church be then?
You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child, there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come. – Charles Spurgeon
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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