FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 120 N 3rd St / PO Box 816 Paragould AR 72451 (870) 236-8584
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known
First Baptist Church Children’s Ministry
Here at First Baptist our mission statement is “Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known.” Mark 16:15 tells us to, “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Our goal is to share God’s word in a way that kids will come to know, love, and serve him. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us we are to love the Lord with all we are. It also states parents have the responsibility to teach their children God’s word. So we desire to partner with parents to disciple and train their kids to be like Christ. Mark 10:45 tells us how Jesus came to serve others so our ministry will involve opportunities for kids to serve others.
Vision and Goals
The children’s ministry at First Baptist wants every child to hear God’s word, come to know him, develop a love and personal relationship with him, and learn to serve him. Our ministry will provide the best programs and events to glorify God and provide an environment that guides kids to a lasting relationship with God. We seek to minister to the whole child. Each child needs to be fed physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Knowing that each child is unique and that God has gifted them to learn differently, our programs will provide numerous opportunities for them to learn using their intelligences. We will provide age appropriate bible studies and activities for kids at their biblical learning level.
Understanding that parents have the responsibility to teach their children God’s word we seek to partner with parents on this journey. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 explains the command that God gave to parents. Our ministry strives to support the parents as each child’s primary spiritual leader. We want to challenge parents to be their children’s primary teachers and offer training, mentoring, and tools needed to fulfill this role.
We want kids living scripture not just learning scripture. In James 1:22 the Bible says “Be doers of the word not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” While we want kids to hear and know God’s word, we must encourage kids to apply God’s word to their everyday lives. Kids need parents and leaders to model obedience themselves. Kids will be taught how to share their testimony and to reflect Christ in their daily life. Mark 10:45 tells us how Jesus came to serve. We will give them opportunities to serve in our church and in the community. They also will be taught about missions locally and internationally.