Core Values

Children As Recipients Of the Gospel

  • God creates children in his image and gives them as precious gifts to be nurtured and protected. (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 127:3-5)
  • God welcomes children and invites them to enter into a personal relationship with him through faith in Jesus, not wanting one child to be lost. (Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 18:10-14)
  • Because most people who receive Christ do so between the ages of 4-14, reaching children must be a priority in evangelism and mission efforts.
  • God designed children to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Evangelism and discipleship ministry must address the whole child. (Luke 2:52)
  • Children make up 50% of the population in many cultures unreached by the gospel message. Evangelizing and discipling children are strategic in the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Many of the 1.2 billion children at risk (orphans, street kids, and victims of poverty, disease, exploitation, and war) grow up without ever hearing the gospel. Evangelizing and discipling children at risk mirrors Jesus ministry of hope and restoration. (Luke 4:17-21, Lamentations 2:19, Psalm 72:12, James 1:27)

Children As Participants In the Gospel

  • God has uniquely designed children to know him and make him known. They have the simple faith God requires, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and God-given spiritual gifts. (Matthew 21:15-16; Mark 10:15; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11)
  • At the moment of salvation, children become contributing members of the body of Christ and should be given opportunities to serve. (1 Corinthians 12:27; 1 Timothy 4:12)
  • Children can participate in the Great Commission work God has planned for them as powerful advocates, prayer warriors, and change agents for their peers around the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:10;)
  • Children are the leaders of tomorrow. Discipling and equipping them to embrace their God-given purpose shapes the future direction of families, communities, and nations. (Joshua 2:10-11; Psalm 78:6; Psalm 145:4)