Train ‘em Up!: Thoughts on Youth Ministry and Child-Rearing

This is why we are teaching B scripture and catechisms even at the age of 2: We want him to know, worship, and glorify God along with other Believers backwards and forwards in time and across the globe. Without training in theology, it is too easy to create your own god – even one named “Jesus.” How can you learn to love and obey God if you don’t know what He is like – as HE defines himself to be? How can you hold your thoughts captive, know who false teachers are, or recognize when “Christian” music has false teaching? You must know truth to be discerning in identifying what is false.

How do we know what is true? Isn’t it ignorant for any human to claim to know truth? Absolutely… UNLESS God Himself comes down and reveals Himself to us – which He did through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

My husband and I have been in ministry for over a decade. We are not giving our lives to tickle ears and entertain. We set the bar high; at first many, if not all, of our students look at us like deer in headlights or “get offended,” but then one day it clicks and they GET IT in a beautiful “Aha!” moment. Sometimes it takes months or even YEARS, but the students who stick with it grow in leaps and bounds.

I have enjoyed seeing the fruits of our labor. Over the years, several students have given us feedback long after we left the ministry or they graduated, whichever came first. They told us they appreciated being treated like people who are capable of hearing truth. They are grateful we didn’t water down the Gospel or theology even if they didn’t get it all right away. They are grateful for correction even if it was hard at first. They are grateful we didn’t focus all on “fun.” They are grateful for the God we helped them to know by not reducing the Gospel to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and instead giving them meat that at times was hard to chew.

We will not stand down. If somebody comes to us hungry for the Gospel, we will give it freely. I will support my husband in ministry the way he is called to do it despite encouragement (and threats) from people to water it down. We will continue training up our child in truth because it is our duty, and we prayerfully trust God with his life.

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8 thoughts on “Train ‘em Up!: Thoughts on Youth Ministry and Child-Rearing

  1. “They are grateful for the God we helped them to know by not reducing the Gospel to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and instead giving them meat that at times was hard to chew.”–My favorite part! It sounds like you do a great job of challenging your youth to look beyond a cookie-cutter God and are really helping them to see the importance of having a personal relationship with Him.

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  2. I am a big fan of apologetics training for women for this very reason. (So much so that I write about it!). How can we teach these kids what we believe and why, if we don’t know what we believe – and why. Too many young adults and youth are leaving the faith or the church because the church has not been teaching. I also started teaching my son (who is now 11) when he was 2 1/2. It took years, but he eventually came to trust Jesus and the Bible.

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  3. Many times I have been very pleasantly surprised by someone coming up to me and saying you won’t remember me but I used to come to your Children’s Gospel club and I just want to tell you …….. always they have come to follow Christ and the things they remember learning. Always God speaks to children even when we don’t know they are receptive.

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