Children’s Ministry

VISION

  • Our vision is to develop spiritually mature children who transform the world for Jesus locally, nationally, and globally

MISSION

  • TO LOVE God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love one another as Jesus has loved us.
  • TO LIBERATE children by helping them understand that Jesus alone can relieve their burdens and sustain their relationship with God.
  • TO LEAD children, in partnership with their families, enabling them to develop a biblical worldview.
  • TO LAUNCH children into the unique role God has given each of them in advancing His Kingdom, equipping and encouraging them to do the same for others.

VALUES

Loving Relationships—We believe in loving our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:31; John 13:34)

Biblical Truth—We believe that the Bible is inspired by God, inerrant, and intended to be learned, understood, and applied to daily life. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Faith—We believe in putting our complete trust in Jesus Christ and expressing our faith in love. (Hebrews 11:6)

Diversity—We believe in welcoming, respecting, and valuing everyone, no matter where they come from, who they are, or what their background is. (Galatians 3:28; Matthew 18:10)

Safety—We believe in protecting our children and providing them a safe physical environment. (Psalm 121:7)

Total Involvement—We believe that the church is most effective when all members, including children, serve the Lord enthusiastically, using their spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:6-11)

Fun—We believe in creating an environment where children overflow with joy and can’t wait to return for more. (John 15:11)


Equipping parents to help children develop spiritually (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Supporting families in establishing a strong, biblical worldview in each child.

Facilitate family growth in worship, prayer, service, and Bible study by providing parents materials, counsel, creative ideas, and opportunities

  • Families worship together at least twice a week
  • Families pray together daily
  • Families serve at least 10 hours per year in The Lighthouse Fellowship programs or events
  • Families study the Bible together at least three times a week
  • The Lighthouse Fellowship will hold at least one “family-run” service
  • Sr. Pastor will deliver one message per year on Family Spiritual Growth

Encourage parents’ regular participation and involvement in Kingdom Kids by providing training and opportunities to work with children

  • Parents attend at least one training session for parents per year.
  • Parents serve by working with The Lighthouse Fellowship children at least 15 hours per year.

Partner with parents in nurturing and enhancing each child’s spiritual journey.

Conduct parent-youth leader conferences on each child’s spiritual progress

  • Conferences held at least two times per year

Inform parents of what children are learning in Kingdom Kids

  • Children bring home evidence of their spiritual activities, developments, and lessons learned at least once a month
  • Parents are informed weekly of what children will be learning in ministry

Provide parents materials through a lending library that enable them to further each child’s spiritual development outside of church activities

  • Library contains resources that effectively meets children’s needs.
  • Each child borrows at least one resource per month
  • Each child is provided with an age-appropriate bible after one month of attendance.

Engage each child’s mind, heart, and soul (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Teach, train, and challenge children to love the Lord with all their mind

Promote children’s memorization of scripture

  • Each child memorizes at least 12 Bible verses a year

Encourage children’s application of scripture

  • Each child can connect and apply his/her faith to social issues

Train children in identifying and articulating worldview beliefs

  • Each child can communicate his/her beliefs in a clear and non- offensive manner

Teach children lessons that are relevant to their life situations and levels of spiritual development

  • Curriculum trains children in biblical truth, interpretation, and application

Shepherd, support, and encourage children so they can love God with all their heart and love others as they love themselves

Promote a genuine love of God and gratitude for His grace through worship

  • Lead children into authentic worship in every Sunday worship service

Foster passion for people by praying for them

  • Children regularly pray for people who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Each child is able to intercede through prayer on behalf of others.

Facilitate compassionate stewardship among children through giving

  • Create opportunities for children to give to those in need through our Cornerstone ministry at least once a month

Encourage empathy towards those in difficult circumstances through service

Provide service opportunities for children of all ages at least three times per year

Promote children’s spiritual development so they can love the Lord with all their soul

Advance children’s development of their spiritual gifts

  • Children and youth leaders annually identify each child’s spiritual gifts and interests and evaluate progress in them
  • Curriculum trains children in spiritual fruit, gifts, and discipline
  • Children’s Ministry notebook contains one entry per attendance regarding each child’s spiritual growth.

Involve children in children’s Sunday service activities

  • Kingdom Kids activities, visual aides, and instruction tools are physically accessible to children

 

Empower children to be involved in ministry (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Create opportunities for each child to be involved in ministry

Identify children’s strengths, interests, and spiritual development needs, and find ways to fulfill them

  • Within 6 months of joining The Lighthouse Fellowship, each child is personally involved in some form of ministry that both challenges and inspires them

Invite and prepare children to hold positions of ministry leadership

  • The Lighthouse Fellowship adult ministry leaders mentor interested children one-on-one b. Children are integrated into all levels of the Kingdom Kids leadership team

Ensure each child’s safety

Ensure children are safe with the adults working with them

  • Conduct a criminal background check, reference check, and interview of each adult involved in Kingdom Kids

Ensure children are safe in the Kingdom Kids environment

  • Perform monthly safety checks of Kingdom Kids facilities, equipment, and toys

Ensure children are safe in Kingdom Kids activities

  • Adhere to all standards of Foursquare’s Child and Youth Protection Manual

 

Edify the leaders of Kingdom Kids (Matthew 28:18-20)

Leaders are educated and equipped through training

Leaders receive high-quality training on issues pertinent to Kingdom Kids

  • Leaders are provided training at least two times a year

Leaders are discipled in ministry and spiritual development

  • Leaders meet with Kingdom Kids pastor at least once a month

Leaders are strengthened and encouraged through prayer

Leaders pray for Kingdom Kids, the children, and as a team

  • Leaders pray for Kingdom Kids
  • Leaders pray for each child weekly
  • Leaders pray as a team at least once a month

Leaders are prayed for by The Lighthouse Fellowship

  • Leaders are prayed for weekly by the congregation

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