A Successful Children’s Church Program -- By: Daniel C. Whitehead

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 16:4 (Winter 1973)
Article: A Successful Children’s Church Program
Author: Daniel C. Whitehead

A Successful Children’s Church Program

Daniel C. Whitehead

There is a great lack of material available to those in Christian education who desire an effective program for the children’s church. Some have written on the subjects of storytelling, counseling, and puppetry, but little or nothing is offered directly to the children’s church leader. Christian education in the local church is very necessary from a Biblical standpoint, and the children’s church can and should be included as a part of the Christian education program. The fact that so little is written on this subject is probably the reason why many children’s churches are not as efficient and profitable as they should be today.

The problem of this study is to discover the best possible procedure to follow in order to produce an effective children’s church ministry for the local church. In the persuance of solving this problem, discussion will concentrate first on the purpose for having a children’s church, secondly on the personnel for ministering in the children’s church, and thirdly on the presentation and organization of an effective program for the children’s church.

It is the purpose of this study to inspire the church that does not have a children’s church to begin making plans for organizing one, and to inspire the church that has a failing children’s church to promote the establishment of a more efficient program.

Purpose Of The Children’s Church

An understanding of the purpose for having a children’s church necessitates an examination of the circumstances which brought about

its inception, and the goals which it is setting out to attain. A clear knowledge of the purpose of the children’s church should demonstrate the contribution of a children’s church to the whole church program. This can be understood only by analyzing the philosophy and the goals of the children’s church.

The idea of children’s church in the whole church program is comparatively new. The purpose of children’s church is set forth here by examining this philosophy’s historical development and favorable or unfavorable views.

Historical development. Although the instruction of children is not new to this day and society, the development of the children’s church approach is quite recent. For many years, the Sunday school has been accepted and utilized in the persuance of the Great Commission in a graded manner to teach children, but little thought has been given to providing a preaching program on a graded scale. Certainly, since God ordained that by the foolishness of preaching He would save them that believe, it would be presumpti...

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