NextLevel Online: Children’s Ministry Training

Session 5: Parents and Kids having spiritual conversations

The last session's primary purpose is for a parent to lead a child to love God and follow Christ.



Classroom

Classroom Instructions

Lesson
Materials: Lesson Outline
Leader
  • Opening Activity:

    • Have two leaders share their faith journey stories (following the B,C,A approach as an example).
  • Preparation for video content or lead your volunteers in reviewing classroom management principles

    • Telling a child your faith story using B, C, A

      • Before Christ:

        • What was your life focused on before Christ?

        • How were you raised by your parents to know Christ?

      • Christ:

        • How did you come to meet and believe in Jesus?
      • After Christ:

        • How does Christ make a difference in your life today?

        • How are you continuing to grow in Christ?

    • The primary purpose of a parent is to lead a child to love God and follow Christ.

      • Deuteronomy 6:4-10
    • Example of Timothy

      • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
    • Maturing of a child’s faith: John Westerhoff III

      • Experienced faith (ages 0-3)

      • Affiliated faith (ages 3-7)

      • Searching/struggling faith (age 7/12 through adolescence)

      • Owned faith (adolescence)

    • Having spiritual conversations with a child.

      • Ask open ended questions

      • Listen well

  • Practice together:

    • Ask each parent and/or volunteer to write down their faith journey story using the B,C,A method described. Have them share their faith journey story in small groups of 2-3.
  • Discussion:

    • As a large group create a list of open-ended questions that parents and volunteers can ask children to help understand what they believe and their current stage of faith development.
  • Concluding activity:

    • Divide into small groups. Have each group member pray for the group member to their left. Pray specifically for the member to be able to disciple the children in their lives, whether they are a volunteer, have children of their own, or both.

(Handout)

  • Introduction

  • Tell your child your own faith story using B, C, A

    • Before Chri

      • What was your life focused on before Christ?

      • How were you raised by your parents to know Christ?

    • Christ:

      • How did you come to meet and believe in Jesus?
    • After Christ:

      • How does Christ make a difference in your life today?

      • How are you continuing to grow in Christ?

  • The primary purpose of a parent is to lead a child to love God and follow Christ.

    • Deuteronomy 6:4-10
  • Example of Timothy

    • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • Maturing of a child’s faith: John Westerhoff III

    • Experienced faith (ages 0-3)

    • Affiliated faith (ages 3-7)

    • Searching/struggling faith (age 7/12 through adolescence)

    • Owned faith (adolescence)

  • Having spiritual conversations with your child.

    • Ask open ended questions

    • Listen well

  • Blessings on your faith journey as you raise children in the knowledge of the Lord!

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.