By Brad Winstead. We have our covenant children for such a short time. Why not lay a permanent foundation of truth that will never leave them? We are wiring the house of the child’s mind and are waiting for the Holy Spirit to flick the switch translating the head knowledge to heart knowledge.
“People often ask me why I take so many detours when I speak. I just tell them it’s because those I’m trying to reach don’t live on the highway.” As a parent and an educator, I sat there thinking about how hard we try to get children to move onto the highway so that we don’t have to put up with the inconvenience of detours. Perhaps instead of spending so much time and effort trying to convince our children to move onto the path we’ve designed, we could encourage them to get to their destination by allowing them a few minor detours. Who knows? We may even discover some placeswe’d like to travel off the beaten path! ( from “The Way They Learn”, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias)
A synergism becomes possible when the church as the extended family builds up its households. And those households in turn build up the churches, which then impacts the community, enfolding others in the family of God. What’s happening to your young people? Are your households maturing in the faith?
By Tom Patete: Sunday school stands as a central means by which churches nurture the flock, but what is the future of this venerable staple of the American church? Sunday school or any other form Christian education takes has to be done with biblical clarity and life-changing consequence, or indeed it is a waste of time!
Question: Regarding the training of covenant children, how do you reconcile the covenant family concept (with the father as the primary teacher) with role of the church?
By Dean Conkle. Various ministries of the church are different from each other but that doesn’t mean they can’t work well together for a common cause or event.Viewing each other as teammates within the same overall mission will be a blessing to the whole of the church.
Those God has called to teach in the church have been given the responsibility to pass the faith on to the next generation.
People often ask the important question of why Presbyterians baptize infants. Recently, a pastor asked if there was a way to ordain a person to the office of ruling elder who was reformed in everyway except he could not commit to “infant baptism.” I faced it as a pastor on one occasion and have responded to that question often as coordinator of CEP.
By Robert Palmer. When the church’s children receive the sacramental sign and seal of identification with God’s earthly people, the covenant community is expressing both a longing and a commitment. From the youngest to the oldest, God’s people are promising to give themselves to a lifestyle characterized by self-emptying.
Both parents and church are responsible to take seriously the covenant promises of God. This means to nurture and disciple the children with great care, with all the beliefs and hopes that they are among the children of God.