The Children’s Ministry of City Bible Church exists to glorify God through evangelizing children, encouraging parents, and edifying servants so that the gospel may be spread among our children, families may be supported, and the church may be strengthened.
God’s glory is the ultimate purpose of all things (Rom 11:36) and is inseparably linked to redemption (Eph 1:12) through which regenerate man has the desire and ability (2 Cor 3:18) to please and praise God in everything (1 Cor 10:31). The church was established for God’s glory and is a primary means through which He is exalted (Eph 3:21) as she shares, defends, teaches, and embodies His truth (1 Tim 3:15). This reality is manifested as the local church embraces its commission to evangelize the lost and its call to equip and encourage the saints, including parents. Therefore, Children’s Ministry serves as an effective vehicle through which the church is strengthened as she glorifies God through sharing the gospel, supporting parents, and strengthening the saints.
Sharing the Gospel
The mandate to take the gospel into all the world and share the good news of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47) does not exclude children. We understand a child's greatest need to be no different than anyone else, which is to be reconciled with God through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:23; 10:9-17). In our Sunday Morning Ministry, we pursue ministering to the hearts of our children by teaching sequentially through Scripture, allowing the main emphases of the Bible texts to be the main emphases of each lesson, for it is the Scripture that testifies about Christ (John 5:39-40).
We use the Generations of Grace Curriculum published by Grace Books International.
Parents have been given the primary responsibility of raising their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21). The church is called to equip and encourage parents in their God-given task of raising godly children (Eph. 4:12-16). Therefore, we understand our mission is not to usurp the parents role, but to be a support in their role of caring and growing their families in the home. This includes edifying parents with classes, Bible Studies, resources, and personal shepherding- and these things wouldn't be possible without also offering quality childcare so that parents can give themselves completely in those moments.
Strengthening the Saints
Our children benefit by their presence in engaging classrooms that preach Christ; our parents benefit by being further equipped for the high calling of nurturing souls; and finally, our saints who teach benefit, by growing in their faith and gifting to communicate God's truth. Our saints who teach the Word of God in the Children's Ministry are not any less accountable that those who teach adults, they are under the same strict judgment (James 3:1). Our curriculum, along with our pastors, continue to equip our Sunday School teachers to read, study, obey, and communicate the Word of God clearly and accurately (2 Tim. 2:15). Since the Scripture is sufficient to equip the believer for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-4), this then continues to build the body as a whole (Eph. 4:11-16).