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Children and Youth

Every child is important to God, and we need to find ways for churches to be welcoming, safe and inclusive in all ways. Children and young people are disciples in the same way as believers of every age, and so the Team has produced a number of resources to help churches to encourage young missionary disciples.
  • The right of children and young people to explore and celebrate their faith and to worship God is throughout scripture.

  • That a child is no more of a learner disciple than anyone of any age. We are all on a journey and none of us has reached perfection. We need to look at whole life discipleship instead of modular faith.

  • That we need to prepare children, along with disciples of all ages, to build robust and enduring faith based on a relationship with God using frameworks, rather than rules and simple stories.

  • Children and young people, in the same way, are at different places on their spiritual journey. As such, although not highlighted in this report, we need to build proper Sowing Reaping Keeping principles in to what we do. (Laurence Singlehurst, 1996, Crossway Books).

  • Children have different needs to young people.  In this document we have made no attempt to differentiate between the two, but to highlight many issues, that future work would need to explore.

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What might we hear from our young voices if we listen theologically to what they are saying? - by Sian Hancock