2020 Vision E-letter September, 2010

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August/September

children-150.jpgRegister online for at least one of these three 2020Vision Conferences! Bring your leadership, teachers, and parents of your youth and children.

What is the 2020 Vision? Here at Christian Education and Publications we want to help the local church with training and resources that will enable you to spend this decade focused on training up a generation of Kingdom disciples. In both youth and children’s ministries we want our churches to ask the question, “What do we want our 4 year-olds to be like when they are fourteen? In ten years, what place do we want our 15 year-olds to have as young men and women in the church?”

As we answer those questions together, we must become very intentional about the kind of ministry we will have in the next decade to realize our vision for the year 2020 – His church filled with strong Jesus men and Jesus women!

PHILADELPHIA – OCTOBER 23 – CALVARY CHURCH, WILLOW GROVE

ST. LOUIS – JANUARY 18-20 – COVENANT SEMINARY

ORLANDO – MARCH 11-12 – ORANGEWOOD CHURCH

Go to our website for more information and register today!


The following article is a summary/report from the May 4th Meeting in Atlanta where ministry leaders met to talk about reaching the children and seeing the Gospel transform their lives. Eric Wallace is director of The Institute for Uniting Church and Home. Please finish reading the article online and give us your feedback.

Kingdom Disciples: A Product of Covenant Faithfulness
By Eric Wallace

The latest research reveals that 75% of the children raised in evangelical churches are leaving the faith. It appears that the church is hemorrhaging its covenant children out into the culture. Did Peter know something that we don’t when he preached, “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off…”? Click here to continue reading…

If you are interested in learning more about 2020Vision, you are officially invited to our next MEETING OF THE MINDS on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at the PCA offices in Atlanta. The number is limited to 20 and there are already 13 confirmed “minds” attending. So, reply today to be apart of this strategic meeting. The emphasis is on recommending and developing resources and strategies for equipping parents in the task of discipling their children. Lunch is provided by CEP.

2020Vision RECOMMENDED RESOURCES for Parents, Leadership and Children
in your church:

Gospel-Powered ParentingGospel Powered Parenting
By William P. Farley

This book is being used in many of our churches as a tool for training parents in a small group setting. It does exactly what the subtitle describes – practically tells us ‘how the Gospel shapes and transforms parenting.’ Farley is deeply concerned that children raised in the church have grown up and left the faith. There have been thousands of books written on parenting but this one surely takes us to the heart of the problem.Read more…

The Faithful ParentThe Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family
By Martha Peace & Stuart W. Scott

After clarifying the goal for parenting and the basic Biblical responsibilities of the parent and child, Peace and Scott dissect the lives of our children and give practical instruction as it applies to the infant, toddler, preschooler, school-age and teenage child in the home. For a parent crying out, “Just tell me what to do!” this book is a wonderful answer to the cry for help.Read more…

Covenatn DiscipleshipCovenant Discipleship Parents’ Handbook
By Richard L. Burguet & Ed Eubanks, Jr.

This parent/student handbook is an alternative to the traditional age-based Communicant’s Class, offering Reformed and Presbyterian churches of any size a way to bring students into the church as communing members when they are ready. Read more…

Jesus Storybook BibleThe Jesus Storybook Bible
By Sally Lloyd-Jones

If you do not yet own this children’s Bible, you have missed out on the top-seller in children’s books in the last two years. Why is everyone in children’s ministry so energized by this book? There are hundreds of children’s story Bibles. What makes this one special? Read more…

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Sue Jakes is mother of four, grandmother of six, and lives in Atlanta, GA where she serves as Education Specialist for the Christian Education Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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