Linda was born and raised in Singapore. Before being appointed to work at the Ministry of the child of the General, he served for nine years as Director of Children's Ministries, Family and Women of the Asian South Pacific Division, based in the Philippines. Linda earned her doctorate in Educational Psycology and Counseling [Educational Psychology and Counseling] from Andrews University in Michigan, USA, and has twenty-four years of experience teaching in Primary Education and University, and worked as an instructor in the GED program in prison Saint Joseph County, Michigan, USA.
The childrenâ€™s ministries
The Children's Ministries
Prac cal Helps for Organizing Children's Ministries in the Local Church
Revised and Enlarged by Linda Mei Lin Koh
Department of Children's Ministries General Conference of Seventh-day Adven sts
INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1
PHILOSOPHY OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Table of Contents
MISSION OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
JESUS' MINISTRY TO CHILDREN
ELLEN G. WHITE'S COUNSELS ON MINISTRY TO CHILDREN
JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES COORDINATOR
FIRST THINGS FIRST! Creating a Vision Considering Needs Developing Relationships
ORGANIZING THE CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES COMMITTEE Criteria for Selection Responsibilities of Committee Conducting Needs Assessment Survey
DEVELOPING A BALANCED PLAN Writing Effective Goals Planning Programs Promoting Your Programs Publicizing Your Image
PLANNING YOUR BUDGET Steps to Creating Your Budget Raising Funds
RECRUITING AND SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERS What is a Volunteer? The High Impact Model Volunteer Management Models 1. Recruiting Volunteers 2. Screening Volunteers 3. Equipping Volunteers 4. Leading Volunteers Multiplying Ministry High Impact Principles
ADVENTIST RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES FOR CHILD PROTECTION
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION
KIDS IN DISCIPLESHIP
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
BAPTISMAL GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDREN
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES Programs that Reach Children within the Church Programs that Reach Community Children
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES Books Magazines Websites
Introduction Isn't it exciting that you have been chosen to be the Children's Ministries Coordinator of your church? Can you imagine you have excellent opportunities to impact the children in your church and help them develop into strong, spiritual leaders of the future? But remember, growing an exciting faith doesn't come by chance or apathy. There needs to be passion and good organization. Rick Chromey in his book, Children's Ministries Guide for Smaller Churches, points out that, â€œChurches are exciting places for ministry. I believe that a dynamic children's ministry is often what makes a church successful. Successes or failures in children's ministry will determine who is in the congregation a generation from now.â€? Yes, tomorrow's leaders and members of the church begin with children of today. We need to be committed to using our resources to instill an exciting faith in children now. Many teens have grown disinterested in faith because of their church experiences as children. If we spend more time and money creating exciting children's ministries, perhaps the excitement would carry over into the teen years. This Coordinator's Guidebook is a manual to assist children's leaders in organizing and running efďŹ cient Children's Ministries programs in the local churches. It offers dozens of ideas for organizing vibrant children's ministries that will provide opportunities for children to develop a relationship with Jesus, lead and participate in the faith community, and use their gifts and talents in service to others.
Of Children's Ministries
hat is Children's Ministries? Many who
have been elected to serve as Children's
Ministries coordinators have often asked
this question. They have wondered how this ministry is different from the children's Sabbath School. Children's Ministries aims to develop the faith of children from birth to age 14. While Sabbath School provides children with religious education once a week on Sabbath, Children's Ministries strives to provide multiple ministries at other times that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him.
Such multiple ministries include programs and activities
Children are so valuable to God that He commands us to
organized throughout the year to nurture the spirituality of the
protect them. Parents are to ensure the spiritual and physi-
children, train them for leadership, and help them reach out in
cal security of their children (1 Sam. 20:42; Ezra 8:21).
service to others in the community. For example, the Children's Ministries coordinator of the local church can organize children's
prayer groups on Wednesday evening, a children's retreat once a
God loves children enough to ensure that they receive discipline. (Prov. 3:11, 12; 13:24; 19:18; Eph. 6:4).
year, or a co-mmunity project on the ﬁrst Sunday of each month.
God enjoys the nature and personality of children and asks adults to learn from them. Scripture identiﬁes attributes such as sincerity, humility, simplicity, and trusting as quali-
The Bible makes it very clear that children are very special to God.
ties found in children, and God treasures these characteris-
If you examine what the Bible says about children, you will notice
tics (Matt. 18:3; 19:14; Phil. 2:15).
a great number of perspectives:
If children matter this much to God, shouldn't they matter
Children are a gift from God. He gives children to parents as
just as much to us, too? It is vital that we take children seriously
a special sign of love and personal fulﬁllment (Deut. 7:13;
as the heritage of the Lord.
Ps. 127:3). Jesus' great commission is: “Go and make disciples of all
Children are desirable. From Creation, God has instructed
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son
us to bear children (Gen. 9:7; Deut. 6:3).
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the
Children bring joy and blessings to adults. God provides
very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20, NIV). Surely, this com-
many beneﬁts to parents through parenting their children
mission includes making disciples of children and leading them to
(Num. 5:28; Deut. 28:4, 11).
make a personal commitment to Jesus.
Children need to be taught how to develop a relationship with God. One of our greatest challenges is to pass on our beliefs and understanding of God to our children (Exod. 12:26, 37; Deut. 6:1-7; Prov. 22:6).
Barna, George. Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions (Ventura, California: Regal Books, 2003).
Mission Of Children's Ministries
he MISSION of the Children's Ministries
Department is to nurture children into a lov-
ing, serving relationship with Jesus; thus
making every child a disciple of Jesus. We seek to fulďŹ ll this mission by developing: Grace-oriented Ministries, in which all children will experience the unconditional love of Jesus, ďŹ nd assurance of acceptance and forgiveness, and make a commitment to Him.
12 Inclusive Ministries, in which the volunteers who minister and the children to whom they minister will be valued and involved regardless of race, color, language, gender, age, abilities, or socio-economic circumstances. Leadership Ministries, in which volunteers are trained, equipped and empowered for effective ministry to children. Service-oriented Ministries, in which children are given opportunity for hands-on service to people in the community, thus, establish a pattern of outreach to others that may well continue through life. Cooperative Ministries, in which the department collaborates with other ministries, such as Education, Family, Sabbath School, Stewardship, Youth, and others to further our shared goals. Safe Ministries, whereby our churches will: a) choose volunteers with high spiritual and moral backgrounds; b) adopt safeguards to protect children from physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse; and c) to protect the church from liability. Evangelistic ministries, in which children who are not enfolded in the church will be introduced to the love of Jesus through outreach programs such as: Vacation Bible School, Sabbath School, Branch Sabbath School, Neighborhood Bible Clubs, Story Hour, Messy Church and others.
Jesusâ€™ Ministry to Children
hroughout His earthly ministry, Jesus took time to minister to the children. Both the Scripture and the pen of inspiration indicated very clearly the value He placed on children. 1. He blessed and prayed for the children. When mothers brought their little ones to Jesus, the disciples tried to drive them away; but Jesus rebuked them instead. Then He placed His hands on the children, blessed them, and prayed for them (Matthew 19:14).
2. He afﬁrmed the children. Jesus declared afﬁrma-
innocent victory over something they were determined to do. He
tively that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children, too. In fact,
sang to children in sweet and blessed words. They knew that He
anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child
loved them. He never frowned on them. He shared their childish
will never enter it (Mark 10:15). Here He identiﬁes an important
joys and sorrows. Often He would gather ﬂowers, and after point-
criterion for entering God's kingdom as being trusting and hum-
ing out their beauties to the children, would leave them with them
ble as a child.
as a gift. He had made the ﬂowers and He delighted to point out their beauties.”—Upward Look, p. 57.
On another occasion when Jesus was asked by His disciples as to who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, He placed a little child in their midst, “And He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NIV). Here again, Jesus underscores the importance of learning from a child. He mentions one of the characteristics in Matt. 18:4: “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 3. He befriended the children. Jesus enjoyed the little things the children did. Ellen G. White writes: “As the children gathered the wildﬂowers so abundantly around them, and crowded up to present to Him their offerings, He received them gladly, smiled upon them, and expressed His joy at seeing so many varieties of ﬂowers.”—Upward Look, p. 57. 4. He participated with the children. Jesus not only watched the children at play, but He got involved with them in their activities. Again, E. G. White tells us: “Christ watched children at their play, and often expressed His approval when they gained an
Tell The World Initiative Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19, 20.
Tell a Child, Tell the World (2005-2010)
Tell the World has been the broad vision, a bold challenge undertaken by the Seventh-day Adventist
Church this past quinquennium, 2005-2010. The ultimate goal
ness for Jesus and serve others, and Reach Across to others in
of Tell the World is to provide every person on earth with the
fellowship, they will grow as disciples of Jesus. We want every
chance to know Jesus Christ.
child to be a disciple of Jesus.
For the Children's Ministries Department, our slogan for this
I. REACH UP to God through Bible study, prayer and
initiative is Tell a Child, Tell the World. This means telling every
reading of the Spirit of Prophecy writings results in revival and
child about the wonderful love of Jesus and that He wants them
faithfulness; returning a faithful tithe and supporting local and
to accept His love so as to experience the joy of salvation. The
mission offerings; and being involved in the witness of the
gospel message is offered not only to adults, but also to chil-
dren. We believe that when you tell one child about the good news, pretty soon the child's friends, family, school, and com-
Teachers and parents can encourage children to spend
munity will know about the good news. He or she can't wait to
time in studying the Bible, their Sabbath School lesson and
praying by ďŹ rst setting good examples themselves. For the So the challenge for us is to Tell a Child at home, at
school, on the streets, or in organized programs. Jesus needs
younger children, parents can read Bible stories together with them and pray together daily. For the older children, provide
us to be busy at this task of making disciples of all children
them with their own Bibles and Sabbath School lessons, and
regardless of race, language, socioeconomic status, or reli-
also provide them with the children's version of Ellen G.
gion. There is work for us to do.
White's books to read (Michael Ask Why; Step by).
TELL A CHILD, TELL THE WORLD: REACH UP, REACH OUT, REACH ACROSS (2010-2015)
mission camps, and other activities to involve children in grow-
For this quinquennium 2010-2015, the Tell the World initiative
ing their love for Jesus. Children also need further Bible studies
has expanded to increase other aspects of spiritual growth in
beyond the GraceLink Sabbath School lessons. Weekly Bible
the life of the members through Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach
studies can be organized in the form of small groups at church
Across. We believe that if all children are helped to Reach Up to
or it can be done by parents with their children in the home, or
God in daily prayer and study of God's Word, Reach Out to wit-
as a program at church. Resources that can be used are:
Children's leaders can also nurture this personal devotional lifestyle through the organization of stewardship camps,
22 Christ Wise Discipleship Guide, by Troy Fitzgerald.
23 poor, encouraging and comforting the needy and elderly provide them the opportunity to develop love, concern, and com-
Day by Day with Jesus Bible Reading Guide—GC Chil-
passion for those around them. Leaders can collaborate with
ADRA for a special community project that children can partici-
God Loves Me 28 Ways—by Charles Mills and Linda Koh (2005). God Loves Me 28 Ways; Bible Adventures for Young Readers—by Charles Mills (2012).
pate. Reaching out also includes challenging each child to witness and win their friends to Jesus. This involves teaching children how to share Jesus with their friends and family mem-
Making Jesus my Best Friend—Review and Herald Publishing
bers, using simple devices like the Wordless Book, Flipper Flap-
per, Salvation Bag, and Sharing Jesus Bookmarks can yield good results. Challenge each child to reach out to at least one
Michael Ask Why (children's Great Controversy)—by Sally Dillon. Prayer Calendar—by Karen Holford (2012).
friend for Jesus. Children with the special gifts of preaching can be trained to preach and hold evangelistic meetings. They can
777 Prayer Fellowship Cards—GC Children's Ministries. Step by Step (children's Steps to Christ)—by Jerry Thomas.
participate in winning other children through public evangelism and visitation. Children who have the gift for intercessory prayer can be trained to be prayer warriors or leaders in leading
What We Believe—by Jerry Thomas.
children's prayer groups at camp meetings, children's programs, and evangelistic meetings.
II. REACH OUT to others as a friendly church that puts Christ's mission ﬁrst, invites all children to fellowship, and makes a difference daily in the community.
Besides teaching our children to reach out to witness for Jesus, we also need to reach children in the community. Organizing community programs like Health EXPO for kids, radio
Children's leaders, teachers, and parents can involve children in service to others in the community so they can put
and television programs on health can be effective avenues to reach them. Resources that can be helpful are:
what they have learned into practice. Organizing monthly or regular service projects to get children involved in helping the
CELEBRATIONS! Healthy Inside Out!—Shawna
24 Vyhmeister and Sonia Cana (2012).
25 Children's Sabbath so that children are given an opportunity to use their gifts and talents for Jesus. Provide resources using
Healthy Inside & Out Radio Spots (26)— by Charles Mills
media to nurture the children. Resources that can be used are:
Children's Sabbath package—NAD Children's Ministries.
Footprints for Parents (Kids in Discipleship)—by Don
Jesus in My Heart Radio Spots (26)—by Charles Mills (2012).
III. REACH ACROSS the barriers that threaten to divide
MacLafferty. Footprints for Kids—Don MacLafferty.
us as a family and endeavoring to disciple, nurture, and involve every child in the life and mission of the church.
The Creation Case DVD—by Richard Aguilera (2012).
It is God's plan that parents be the primary teachers of
There is much we need to do to help our children Reach
their children (Deuteronomy 6). The church should not take
Up to God on a daily basis, Reach Out to others, and Reach
over this important responsibility, but instead provide opportu-
Across to disciple and nurture them into strong followers of
nity and training to equip parents on how they can be more
effective spiritual leaders at home. Parents need to recognize that sending children off to Sabbath School or Adventurers Club once a week is not sufﬁcient. They need to walk and talk and pray alongside their children as they disciple them to be followers of Jesus. The church can set up “Kids in Discipleship” program to teach parents to disciple their children. Children and teens will stay in the church if we involve them in the life of the faith community. Leaders and teachers need to work with pastors in the churches to involve them in the worship service, assisting with singing, testimony sharing, teaching, and preaching. Older children can help with running the PA system, or be greeters on Sabbath morning. Celebrate
But with the power of the Holy Spirit we can succeed. Together we can Tell a Child, Tell the World: Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach Across! Make every child a disciple of Jesus.
ELLEN G. White's Counsels On Ministry To Children
llen G. White has received much inspiration
from God regarding the importance of chil-
dren and the early training of them to accept
Jesus as their Savior. She advocates a ministry to children. Here are some of her counsels. Ă¸
IMPORTANCE OF EARLY TRAINING 1)
â€œToo much importance cannot be placed on the early training of children. The lessons
that the child learns during the ﬁrst seven years of life
Him, the lambs of His ﬂock. He has a special love for and
have more to do with forming his character than all that
interest in the children. . . The most precious offering
it learns in future years.”— Child Guidance, p. 193
that the children can give to Jesus, is the freshness of their childhood.”— Reﬂecting Christ, p. 373.
“It is still true that children are the most susceptible to the teachings of the gospel; their hearts are open to
“When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children
divine inﬂuences, and strong to retain the lessons
to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all
received. The little children may be Christians, having
ages,--to ofﬁcers of the church, to ministers, helpers,
an experience in accordance with their years. They
and all Christians. Jesus is drawing the children, and He
need to be educated in spiritual things, and parents
bids us, Suffer them to come; as if He would say, They
should give them every advantage, that they may form
will come if you do not hinder them.”— Desire of Ages,
characters after the similitude of the character of
Christ.”— Desire of Ages, p. 515. 3) 3)
“Children of eight, ten or twelve years are old enough to
bought with a price. This thought should be the main-
be addressed on the subject of personal religion. Do not
spring of our labors for them. The most successful meth-
teach your children with reference to some future
ods of assuring their salvation and keeping them out of
period when they shall be old enough to repent and
the way of temptation is to instruct them constantly in
believe the truth. If properly instructed, very young children may have correct views of their state as sinners, and of the way of salvation through Christ.” —Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 400. ø
JESUS' CALL FOR A MINISTRY TO CHILDREN
“Our children are the Lord's property; they have been
“Those who love God should feel deeply interested in the children and youth. To them God can reveal His truth and salvation. Jesus calls the little ones that believe on
the Word of God. And as parents become learners with their children, they will ﬁnd their own growth in a knowledge of the truth more rapid. Unbelief will disappear;
faith and activity will increase; assurance and conﬁ-
courtesy, and Christian humility, and in an entire giving
dence will deepen as they thus follow on to know the
up of self to Christ. If you consent to the baptism of your
Lord.” — Child Guidance, p. 498.
children and then leave them to do as they choose, feeling no special duty to keep their feet in the straight path,
CHILDREN AND BAPTISM 1)
you yourselves are responsible if they lose faith and courage and interest in the truth.” — Child Guidance,
“Parents whose children desire to be baptized have a
work to do, both in self-examination and in giving faithful instruction to their children. Baptism is a most
sacred and important ordinance, and there should be a
they in their hearts love Jesus and wish to be baptized,
thorough understanding as to its meaning. It means
then deal faithfully with them. Before they receive the
repentance for sin, and the entrance upon a new life in
ordinance, ask them if it is to be their ﬁrst purpose in life
Christ Jesus. There should be no undue haste to receive
to work for God. Then tell them how to begin. It is the
the ordinance. Let both parents and children count the
ﬁrst lessons that mean so much. In simplicity teach
cost. In consenting to baptism of their children, parents
them how to do their ﬁrst service for God. Make the
sacredly pledge themselves to be faithful stewards over
work as easy to be understood as possible. Explain
these children, to guide them in their character building.
what it means to give up self to the Lord, to do just as His
They pledge themselves to guard with special interest
word directs, under the counsel of Christian parents.”
these lambs of the ﬂock that they may not dishonor the
— Child Guidance, p. 500.
faith they profess. . . .” — Child Guidance, p. 499. 2)
“When the happiest period of their life has come, and
“After faithful labor, if you are satisﬁed that your children understand the meaning of conversion and baptism and
“God calls upon you to teach them to prepare to be members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King.
are truly converted, let them be baptized. But, I repeat,
Co-operate with God by working diligently for their sal-
ﬁrst of all prepare yourselves to act as faithful shep-
vation. If they err, do not scold them. Never taunt them
herds in guiding their inexperienced feet in the narrow
with being baptized and yet doing wrong. Remember
way of obedience. God must work in the parents that
that they have much to learn in regard to the duties of a
they may give to their children a right example in love,
child of God.” — Child Guidance, p. 500.
CHILDREN AS WITNESSES 1)
work of this earth children who have been rightly educated will in their simplicity speak words which will be
“In the children who were brought in contact with Him,
an astonishment to men who now talk of "higher educa-
Jesus saw the men and women who should be heirs of
tion." As the children sang in the temple courts, "Ho-
His grace and subjects of His kingdom, and some of
sanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the
whom would become martyrs for His sake. He knew that
Lord," so in these last days children's voices will be
these children would listen to Him and accept Him as
raised to give the last message of warning to a perishing
their Redeemer far more readily than would grownup
world. When heavenly intelligences see that men are no
people, many of whom were the worldly-wise and hard-
longer permitted to present the truth, the Spirit of God
hearted. In teaching, He came down to their level. He,
will come upon the children, and they will do a work in
the majesty of heaven, answered their questions and
the proclamation of the truth which the older workers
simpliﬁed His important lessons to meet their childish
cannot do, because their way will be hedged up.” –Tes-
understanding.”—Evangelism, p. 579.
timonies, Vol. 6, p. 202.
“In the closing scenes of earth's history, many of these children and youth will astonish people by their witness to the truth, which will be borne in simplicity, yet with spirit and power. They have been taught the fear of the Lord, and their hearts have been softened by a careful and prayerful study of the Bible. In the near future, many children will be endued with the Spirit of God, and will do a work in proclaiming the truth to the world, that at that time cannot well be done by the older members of the church.”— Counsels to Teachers, pp. 166, 167.
“As Jesus in the temple solved the mysteries which priests and rulers had not discerned, so in the closing
JOB Description Of The Children's Ministries Coordinator
he Church Manual outlines the responsibili-
ties of the Children's Ministries Coordinator
To chair the Children's Ministries Committee.
To implement the GraceLink curriculum and provide training for leaders and teachers in using this curriculum.
To plan and implement a yearly calendar of programs for
for children, the availability of helpful resources, and
children that will draw them to Christ and provide for
encouraging their growth in understanding children.
their participation in church activities. 8. 4.
To seek opportunities to spend time with children in order to stay in touch with their thinking and their needs.
To develop a budget for implementing all programs and activities for children. 9.
To serve as an advocate for the interests and needs of
To work with the pastor in events involving children, such as:
children to the: a. Baby dedication a. Church Boardâ€”by keeping the board members informed of concerns and successes, by reporting the results of the children's needs assess-
b. Baptism c. Children's homily during divine worship
ment, and by encouraging funding for children's program.
d. Appointment of junior deacons, greeters, and other church responsibilities
b. Pastorâ€”by working together to make the various aspects of church life and worship more childfriendly and meaningful to children. c. Leaders of children's activitiesâ€”by supporting and encouraging them. 6.
To take reasonable steps to maintain a high moral and ethical quality of leader-ship for children by screening volunteer leaders and teachers.
To maintain communication with parents and children's leaders by informing them about the activities planned
10. To prepare statistical reports for the conference Children's Ministries director.
FIRST Things First!
ou have been elected as the Children's Min-
istries Coordinator in your local church and
you sincerely want to accomplish some-
thing for the Lord, for the children, and for your church. You want to succeed in this ministry and God wants you to succeed too. So at the outset make Him your partner and seek His guidance. It is important that the Children's Ministries Coordinator knows where he or she is going. Don't
be too hasty in jumping straight into programs and activities.
vision. Share it with the people involved in working in
Here are some guidelines to help you.
your ministry. Let them proclaim the vision with you.
CREATING A VISION
c) Pray Over the Vision – Now that you have a clear vision,
The Children's Ministries Coordinator must envision what the
pray over it. Ask God to give you details you might
ministry can accomplish through God's power. Vision is crucial
need. Thank Him for what you have seen. Ask for His
to effective ministry. It allows you to look ahead and plan with a
help making the vision come true. Finally ask for favor
purpose. Moreover, your ministry vision should include
to rest on your ministry.
answers to some of the following important questions: 1) What will you accomplish in the lives of the children?
Every ministry should focus on the Great Commission given by Jesus. He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
2) How are you going to accomplish it? 3) What will you see when your goals are accomplished?
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very
Here are some practical steps you can take in develop-
end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20, NIV).
ing your vision:2
So, your ministry vision should be a picture of how you
a) Develop Your Vision – Sit down with pen and paper. Write your vision. Write down what you are trying to do. Whittle the page down to a sentence or two. Your minis-
will fulﬁll the Great Commission in children's ministry. According to Steve Alley, author of Growing a Healthy Children's Ministry, such ministry vision should have four parts: ³
try vision should be visual and stir the emotions in those
“Go”: How will you become aware and involved in
who hear or read it. It should contain words like, “We
today's child's world? How will you go to them? What is your
believe,” or “We see.” It should transport the reader or
plan of evangelism?
hearer into a visual tour of your ministry. “Make disciples”: How will you attract the children and b) Share and Proclaim – Always share your vision with the pastor and other in-house ministries. 2
Bullock, Mimi, Developing a Vision for Your Children's Ministry, http://ministry-to-children.com, August 5, 2009.
interest them in Jesus? How will you come alongside the children to help them become disciples of Jesus? 3
Alley, Steve, Growing a Healthy Children's Ministry (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2002), p. 31.
43 2. Fear – can discourage us from carrying on (“How can I run this program when so few parents support us?”). 3. Complacency – can lead to non-action (“I don't really care; my kids are all grown up”). 4. Fatigue – simply worn out after seeing no effect (“I am giving up! I've been at this for ten years and nothing has changed”). 5. Short-term Thinking – can snuff out effective ministry (“Let's do something now; we don't have time to
“Baptizing them”: How will you lead children to make a
worry about next year!”)
personal commitment to Jesus? “Teaching them”: How will you teach today's children in a way that motivates them to learn more on their own? How will you help them grow in faith?
C ONSIDERING N EEDS
Part of developing a vision for children's ministries is to consider the needs of the children in your church so that you can
“To obey”: How will you disciple the children and lead
tailor your programs to meet them. Don't rush too quickly
them to obedience and service? How will they be inspired to
into programming just to have something to show to the
church. Children are our prime consideration!
However, one's vision can also be easily sidetracked or weakened by many factors. George Barna, in The Power of Vision, describes ﬁve deadly traps that can ambush visionaries in the ministry.
Children are individuals with emotional, social, physical, spiritual and mental needs. They are not miniature adults. They all need love and care. They need to be free to play, explore, create and express themselves. They need to
1. Tradition – can snare us (“We've always done it this
be instructed with the right values and be challenged to
learn and master new skills and knowledge. When they are in
Barna, George, The Power of Vision (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1992), pp. 122-129.
44 our care, we need to offer a safe environment where children feel welcomed, valued and accepted. ø
D EVELOPING R ELATIONSHIPS
It is essential for the Children's Ministries Coordinator to get to know the people in your church so that they can catch your vision and provide support for your programs. It is often who you know that helps make your programs ﬂy. Here are some suggestions to get your relationship wheel turning:
Talk to the pastor about your mission for the church and your vision for Children's Ministries.
Find out who the key people are and share your concerns with them. Listen to their advice.
Get to know the members of the church board and learn how things get done in your church.
Get acquainted with parents who have children in the Sabbath School divisions.
ORGANIZING The Children's Ministries Committee Ă¸
elect leaders for the Children's Ministries
Committee. The committee will be com-
prised of the following individuals:
* Children's Ministries Coordinator (Chair) * Leaders of other children's entities * Those who are keenly interested and passionate for children's ministry
The optimal number of committee members is between ﬁve to six members.
CONDUCTING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY
It is extremely important to conduct a needs assessment
Recommend the names of these selected commit-
survey of the families and their children in your church and
tee members to the church board for approval.
community. The results will be used to assist the Children's
RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMMITTEE
Develops a short mission statement.
Conducts a needs assessment of children in the church and the community.
Develops an overall calendar of programs for children.
Coordinates the CHM calendar with other church departments.
Develops a budget for planned programs.
Shares the plans and budget with the Board and request funding.
Keeps up-to-date records of children who participated in church-sponsored activities; ﬁle them with the church secretary.
Resources and supports program leaders.
Ministries Coordinator and the Committee in setting goals, developing curriculum, organizing activities, and training teachers. Develop a short survey form that church members and parents in your community can ﬁll out in 3-5 minutes. The following sample can be used.
Children's Ministries Needs Assessment Survey In order to better serve you and your children, we have designed this survey that will take just a few moments to answer the questions. The results of this survey will be used to assist us in organizing programs, developing resources, and setting goals for our overall ministry to the children. 1. How many children do you have? __________________________ 2. What are the ages of your children? ________:_______________ 3. Do you have a child with special needs? YES NO Age:_____ 4. What type of programs do you like us to organize for your children? Check (âˆš ) as many as they apply. ( ( ( ( (
) retreat ) music festival ) cooking ) camp/picnic ) play group
( ( ( ( (
) crafts day/weekend ) prayer groups ) Bible quiz/game ) conducting ) sports day
( ( ( ( (
) service projects ) puppet ministry ) health fair ) preacher's club ) small groups
Others: _________________________________________________ 5. What type of programs would you like us to organize for parents? _____________________________________________________________ 6. If you had to choose 3 most needed programs, what would they be? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
DEVELOPING A Balanced Plan ø
WRITING EFFECTIVE GOALS t is very important to write out your goals for Chil-
dren's Ministries. Without goals you can be
busily organizing programs without accom-
plishing your mission of nurturing children into a closer relationship with Jesus. In setting your goals, ask yourself some questions:
What is my primary goal?
Is this program Christ centered?
How many children do I want to reach?
What programs will nurture the children cognitively, socially and spiritually in my church?
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES CALENDAR OF EVENTS
What programs will reach out to community children and attract them to church?
To be successful, goals must be Speciﬁc, Attainable, and Measurable (SAM).
Are my goals speciﬁc?
Are they realistic that our personnel and resources
First Quarter January 6 February 5 February 13 March 4
Second Quarter April 7
Are they attainable?
Can we measure the success of our goals?
Every effective ministry for children consists of four main areas of programming. The key to strong spiritual growth in children is a balance of these four areas similar to the balance of nutri5 tion in meals.
Appetizers (non-threatening, just-for-fun activities that reach out to all children),
Breads (opportunities for children to use their talents and interests in a low-level commitment to Jesus and to the church),
Alley, Steve, Growing a Healthy Children's Ministry (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing, 2002), p. 31.
May 15 June 10 Third Quarter July 8 August 3 September 11 Fourth Quarter October 8 October 20 November 24 December 24
GraceLink Training for teachers Children's Church (monthly) Crafts weekend Children's Prayer group (Wednesday)
Easter drama Children's prayer group Teachers' training seminar Community project
Children's nature camp Children's prayer group Crafts Day Teachers'/volunteers picnic
Parenting seminar Children's Health EXPO Children's prayer group Thanksgiving outreach Christmas play
Vegetables (Bible studies that help children learn the basics of faith, and Meats (service opportunities that help children mature and develop leadership skills).
Identify 3-5 most needed programs that you plan to implement for the year—those for children and for teachers. Do
If it doesn't work, try something else.
Make it affordable.
PROMOTING YOUR PROGRAMS
Advertising is crucial to the success of every program. The children's ministries coordinator needs to talk about the program and be excited about it. Be sure to promote and advertise your program for three to four weeks. Try these:
Use church bulletin, newsletter, announcements, and bulletin boards to make your program known to others.
Make posters and put them in the church foyer.
Use public service radio and TV announcements, newspaper ads to invite community children to attend.
out. It is a good idea to develop a philosophy for programming.
People come ﬁrst—meet the needs of children today.
Print ﬂyers and pass them to children and parents in the church.
not over plan or else you may ﬁnd yourself completely burnt Here are a few pointers to help you.
Get children up front to advertise the program in the
Have children make attractive invitation cards to invite their friends.
PUBLICIZING YOUR IMAGE
Much of what we do in Children's Ministries goes unnoticed by the average member in the church. It is important that we let the church know what we are doing for our children in terms of spiritual growth and nurture. Creating an image is not about looking good; it is about displaying what is going on inside our Sabbath School rooms, craft corner, and prayer rooms. Be visible, Children's Ministries Coordinator! Let the world know that you and your staff care about children!
5 Steps for Image Building 1. Showcase your children in various programs: a. Children's choirs b. Children's drama c. Children in adult worship d. Seasonal performances 2. Have the pastor preach about the importance of Children's Ministries. 3. Develop an inspirational 5-10 min. video to update the church on Children's Ministries. 4. Develop promotional materials that reďŹ‚ect your vision and programs: a. pamphlet b. brochure c. newsletter 5. Use the Children's Ministries logo in all activities.
PLANNING Your Budget
he budget is your ministry vision expressed
in money. A budget is, at best, simply an esti-
mate as to the amount of money you think
you will spend during a speciﬁc time. It is better to estimate too high than too low. ø
STEPS TO CREATING YOUR BUDGET 1. Consider the needs.
Look at department's goals
What worked or did not work last year?
Consider the ﬁnancial conditions of the department
63 7. If the Budget Committee returns the budget to you with the recommendation to reduce the bottom line, then you need to put each category and ﬁgure through a
Can you afford “new ideas”?
rigorous examination. For every ﬁgure, ask yourself these questions:
Identify your needs.
Books and other resources
Printing and photocopying
Supplies and other materials a) Equipment b) Programs
Evaluate the past budgets of the department.
Did you accomplish all the plans as budgeted?
Were there areas that require a carry-over into the
Can we accomplish the same goal less expensively?
Is this purchase vital to our ministry vision?
Is the timing right for this purchase or expense?
Have we done all we can to justify this expense?
Does past experience support such a purchase?
Are we willing to bend on this purchase?
How might we raise the money needed to accomplish our vision?
New Year? 4.
Set your ﬁgures.
Prioritize the department's needs and programs.
Be a visionary and set bigger budgets for your programs.
Itemize and justify your ﬁgures.
6. D i s c u s s t h e b u d g e t w i t h t h e a p p ro p r i a t e p e rson/committee.
Evaluate and adjust your budget on a regular basis.
Budget for Children's Ministries
to keep up with the growth of their children's ministry. This doesYou can always raise funds!
What's the secret? Rick Chromey shares the following 10 fund-
______ ______ ______ ______
raising success secrets.6
10 Fund-Raising Success
Nurture Activities Retreat Small groups Easter drama Christmas play Teacher training seminars
______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Outreach Activities Crafts day Community project Vacation Bible School Neighborhood Bible clubs
______ ______ ______ ______
Some churches don't have ﬂexible budgets and may not be able n't have to be a ministry killer.
Sabbath School: Publishing house supplementary materials Division operation for: Beginner Kindergarten Primary Juniors & Earliteens
Total Children's Ministries Budget: Sabbath School Nurture Activities Outreach Activities Equipment Miscellaneous
________ ________ ________ ________ ________
F U N D R A I S E R
ocus on God's provision through each fund-raiser. nderline money-making with fun! urture kids'growth. Teach kids how to be responsible and to work hard. on't limit giving. Suggest a donation & adults may give more. emember to clear all fund-raisers with your pastor. rrange for everyone to beneﬁt: the givers and the receivers. nvolve kids. chedule fund-raisers around holidays when people are in a giving mood. mbrace natural opportunities, sponsoring events such as mealtime fundraisers. esist overkill. Sporadic fund-raisers are more effective than monthly ones.
Chromey, Rick, Children's Ministries Guide for Smaller Churches (Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1995), p. 82.
FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR KIDS
67 International Food Fair – parents and church
members can help prepare foods that represent
Raising funds for children's ministry can be an educational
the diversity of various nationalities. The children
and philanthropic activity for students. Involve children with
and teens can help to sell these foods at the beau-
planning, preparing and performing the fundraising activi-
tifully decorated booths.
ties. Here are some ideas that have been tried before.
Sunday and have interesting cultural events
Walk-a-thon or Bike-a-thon – have members or
others sponsor the children for every mile they
Hold this event on a
throughout. Talent Extravaganza – sell tickets for a special
walk or ride their bikes. You'll need two weeks to a
show featuring children's talents and gifts like
month to sign up bike riders, create a safe bike
playing musical instruments, mime, ventriloquist,
race track and get participants excited. Hold the
singing, comedian, drama, and others.
race and award the winners. Music Festival – this includes children's choir, Teens Sunday Car Wash – juniors and teens can
choral groups, musical instruments, and other
advertise to wash cars on a speciﬁed Sunday to
musical items. You can sell tickets or collect a
raise funds for purchasing equipment for the
special offering at the end of the festival for chil-
kindergarten Sabbath School room. Promote this
in the church bulletin, make announcements and put up big signs in the parking lot on this special day.
Craft Show – children prepare special crafts and
display them on this special day. Church members are asked to sponsor a child's craft for a
Bake Sale – get parents and church members to
bake some cookies and cakes and have the children sell them or bring in orders from school friends and neighbors.
certain amount which goes toward the fundraising project.
The Constituent Levels of the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference
Union of Conference
Union of Churches
RECRUITING And Supporting Volunteers
he primary frustrations of many Children's Ministries Coordinators are ďŹ nding, train-
ing, and motivating volunteers. Finding the
right volunteers can be tough. Those who are willing aren't always skilled. And those who are outstanding often times say no. How do we ďŹ nd the help we need?
WHAT IS A VOLUNTEER?
The vertical grid represents volunteer beneﬁts and the horizontal grid represents the church's beneﬁts.
Someone who does not have to do it, but does it any-
– You can't ﬁre them.
THE HIGH IMPACT MODEL OF VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT: FOUR TASKS
– But they can quit whenever they want to.
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Church or Organization Beneﬁts
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT MODELS
We use different approaches in managing volunteers. But using the High Impact Model in managing volunteers is more effective in the success of Children's Ministries if we want to groom future leaders. Let's take a look at ﬁve models of management as shown in the diagram below.
TYPES OF MODELS:
Pastors do everything.
Volunteers asked to help;They're used Score: Volunteer 0; and abused. Church 10
Feel Good Approach
Volunteers suggest where they want to serve. Class distinction between leaders and volunteers; no effort to mentor and train for leadership Church-wide commitment to select and disciple volunteers; team building to reach kingdom goals.
Score: Volunteer 0; Church 0
college students and senior citizens!
Share further recruiting responsibilities with the leaders you recruit ﬁrst.
Regularly share information with the congregation about the need for volunteers.
Score: Volunteer 10; Church 0
Distribute volunteer recruitment ﬂyers in personal mailings to your prospect list.
Score: Volunteer 5; Church 5
Keep a supply of ministry application forms.
2. SCREENING VOLUNTEERS
Why screen volunteers? » Find out whom God has called to ministry
Score: Volunteer 10; Church 10
» Match a person's gifts to ministry » Gauge their interest
1. RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS
Pray for guidance in ﬁnding the right people to serve in this ministry.
Create a list of prospects. Don't forget youth, parents,
Have a clear description of each job to be ﬁlled.
» Protect children » Protect the church from liability
Who does the screening? » Children's Ministries Coordinator
» Leader of the ministry
» Competency—training, experience
» Church screening committee
» Consistency/congruence » Commitment
The responsibilities of those who minister the screening
» Condition—mental, physical, spiritual » Children's Ministries Coordinator
“The best predictor of future performance is past performance.”
“When volunteers fail, the fault lies with the recruiter/screener not with the volunteer.”
– accepts applications – consults with ministry leader » Ministry leader – casts a vision – shares a mission
“Like an archer who wounds everyone, so is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.” Proverbs 26:10
– applies the 7 C's
» Screening committee
3. EQUIPPING VOLUNTEERS
We equip volunteers by providing:
– does background checks and interviews » Ministry job descriptions
The Seven C's » Essential equipment » Calling to ministry » Resources: human, ﬁnancial, paper » Character—God's screening » Chemistry—attitude, willingness
» Training: seminars, workshops, demonstration, role model and mentoring
78 » Support, evaluation, and afﬁrmation
How to make training relational? » Know everyone by his/her name
A Ministry Description provides the following: » Title of position/ministry
» Take an interest in each other; share joys and concerns
» List of ideal/essential functions
» Be a support group;
» List of essential training required
» Pray together
» Additional skills essential to the job
» Go out to eat once in a while and talk around the
» Additional ministry training
Why training fails? » Use humor; plan surprises » Failure to provide an application form and get a commitment to attend training
Attracting people to training
» raining provided is not relational
» Call it a leadership team meeting
» Providing only information with little application
» Encourage attendance
» Lack of communication
» Address issues
» Lack of feedback after training
» Listen to experiences volunteers relate
» Training is irrelevant
» Let everyone give input
» Speaker is not outstanding
» Reinforce and give feedback
God will give it To you if He can get it Through you!
» Don't talk a lot
» Don't waste their time
4. LEADING VOLUNTEERS
» Encourage their personal growth » Ask them to team up with you
» Gradually turn responsibility over
» Cast a vision » Deﬁne the mission
Mentor someone to take your place
HIGH IMPACT PRINCIPLES
» Mentor volunteers
A volunteer is a child of God
» Disciple volunteers (offer spiritual leadership)
Church leadership needs to practice human stewardship too
Effective leaders … » Apply the Gospel—pour out love » Listen to God's voice » Take the Bible as authority » Depend on prayer
Recognize a volunteer's enhanced value
Serving is a privilege
Volunteers are capable partners
The essential functions of a leader are to recruit, screen, train and disciple
» Balance your life
5. MULTIPLYING MINISTRY
Always be mentoring leaders
Increase responsibilities incrementally
ADVENTIST Risk Management Guidelines For Child Protection CHILD PROTECTION PLAN Seventh-day Adventist Church
Children's Ministries develops the faith of children from birth through age 14, leading them into union with the Church. It seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple
them in their daily walk with Him. It cooperates with the Sab-
Jesus is drawing the children, and He bids us, Suffer them to
bath school and other departments to provide religious educa-
come; as if He would say, They will come if you do not hinder
tion to children and fulﬁlls its mission by developing a variety of
them.” -- Desire of Ages – pg 517.
grace-oriented ministries for children that are inclusive, service-oriented, leadership-building, safe, and evangelistic.
Children's Ministries Coordinator and Committee - The church elects a children's ministries coordinator to develop
“Too much importance cannot be placed on the early training
ministries that nurture the faith of children. The coordinator
of children. The lessons that the child learns during the ﬁrst
should have leadership ability as well as experience and pas-
seven years of life have more to do with forming his character
sion for working with children. The children's ministries coordi-
than all that it learns in future years.” -- Child Guidance - pg
nator works with the pastor and board to establish a children's
ministries committee to provide ministries for children. The committee should consist of individuals with interest and expe-
“It is still true that children are the most susceptible to the
rience in working with children. Ordinarily the members include
teachings of the gospel; their hearts are open to divine inﬂu-
Sabbath school division leaders, Vacation Bible School leader,
ences, and strong to retain the lessons received. The little chil-
and Adventist Junior Youth leaders, and two to three others
dren may be Christians, having an experience in accordance
who have a passion for ministry to children. If the church has a
with their years. They need to be educated in spiritual things,
children's ministries department, Vacation Bible Schools, chil-
and parents should give them every advantage, that they may
dren's branch Sabbath schools, Neighborhood Bible Clubs,
form characters after the similitude of the character of Christ.” -- Desire of Ages - pg 515.
and Story Hours, they will come under the direction of children's ministries.
“Children of eight, ten, or twelve years are old enough to be
Everyone involved in work with children must meet Church and
addressed on the subject of personal religion . . . If properly
legal standards and requirements, such as background checks
instructed, very young children may have correct views of their
or certiﬁcation. Local church leaders should consult with the
state as sinners and of the way of salvation through Christ.” --
conference, which will ascertain and advise as to what back-
Testimonies Volume 1 - pg 400.
ground checks and certiﬁcations are available and/or required. (See Notes, #7, pp. 167, 168.) -- (2010 Church Manual pgs. 84 - 85)
“When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all ages - to
Safeguarding Children - Church should be a safe place to bring
ofﬁcers of the church, to ministers, helpers, and all Christians.
our children. Everyone involved with children who are minors
must meet all Church and legal standards and requirements. In
Additional resources are available from Adventist Risk Man-
order to safeguard our children, churches are encouraged to
agement at www.adventistrisk.org.
adopt policies that would provide a measure of safety and protection for children. Such policies should include the following: a.
Two-Adult Policy - Have two adults present in children's classrooms or activities.
Open Door - Discourage private or one-on-one contact and encourage an open-door policy in all situations. Where an open door is not possible, station a second adult at the door.
Volunteer Screening - Have all volunteers complete a volunteer information form, check their references, and, if required by law, do a police background check.
Six-Month Policy - Require a waiting period of six months for newly baptized or transferring members who have indicated a willingness to work with children.
Training - Provide regular training for teachers and volunteers to help them understand and protect children and how to nurture their faith. Local church leaders should consult with the conference in order to ascertain conference procedures and requirements, including local legal requirements for individuals working with children.
Source: 2010 Church Manual pgs. 167 - 168
89 2. Volunteer Selection and Management -The work of volun-
CHILD PROTECTION PLAN
teers is essential to the successful accomplishment of the Church's mission and ministry. The management policies and procedures employed to supervise the work of volunteers must
FB 20 Child Protection And Volunteer Screening Policies For Children And Youth Ministries
be consistent with the mission of the church or school and must support its successful achievement. a. Selection and Screening of Volunteers
1. Objectives i. a.
It is the responsibility of the local church and/or
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a moral and civil
school to select, screen and manage trustworthy
duty to protect the children and youth entrusted to its
individuals to ďŹ ll volunteer positions in ministry for
care. The local community also has an expectation that
children and youth activities.
the church will provide a safe haven for children who participate in its ministries.
In selecting individuals for volunteer positions, only persons who support the mission of the
organization should be recruited.
The church is committed to providing safe worship and educational environments to help children and youth learn to love and follow Jesus Christ.
iii. The church shall adopt a practice that no adult will be considered for a volunteer leadership role in a
â€œChurch should be a safe place to bring our chil-
church-sponsored ministry or activity until he/she
dren. Everyone involved in work with children who
has held membership in the congregation or has
are minors must meet all Church and legal stan-
been known by the organization for a minimum of
dards and requirements.â€? (Church Manual, Edition 18, pages 168-169.)
six (6) months. iv.
All volunteers are required to participate in a
Jesus placed a high value on the protection of children
screening procedure that will include a signed
(Matthew 18:1-6); therefore, child protection is an essen-
Volunteer Ministry Information Form, names of
tial element in all church-sponsored children's activities.
three (3) personal references and a criminal back-
ground check wherever possible. Individuals who
ship of the church. The church will respect the rights of all parties involved in the alleged incident and treat all matters concerning the situation discreetly, conﬁdentially, and in accordance with local child abuse reporting laws.
submit incomplete forms will not be considered for a volunteer position. v.
Background screening should be completed before the volunteer is allowed to serve. iii.
vi. All volunteer leaders, regardless of their previous experience, shall submit to the screening procedure provided by the church. The volunteer screening procedure should be updated for each individual every three (3) years.
Appropriate corrective action - discipline, counsel, or removal from ministry - will be taken when necessary.
c. Orientation and Training of Volunteers i.
Provide all volunteers with an understanding of the ministry's mission and the expectation the church
vii. The local church or school is responsible for the cost of implementing these screening procedures. The local conference may provide ﬁnancial assistance at their discretion.
has for its accomplishment in a safe and abusefree manner. ii.
Explain and provide in writing the expectations, code of conduct, and rules to be followed by
viii. It is the duty and responsibility of the church to maintain all volunteer information on a conﬁdential basis at all times. b.
volunteers in relation to supervision and interaction with children and youth. Reafﬁrm that alleged incidents of child abuse will be investigated and reported to authorities in accordance with local law.
Supervision of Volunteers i.
Failure to comply with the established volunteer guidelines and code of conduct will result in the volunteer being asked to terminate participation in the ministry. All allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a minor will be promptly investigated by the leader-
iii. All volunteers will be required to participate in educational courses on child abuse (physical and sexual) and the necessary steps to be taken to prevent the occurrence of child abuse incidents. iv.
Training should include instructions on appropriate methods of physical contact to afﬁrm children.
92 3. Ministry to Sex Offenders within the Church - The Church has a responsibility to provide worship opportunities and ministry to individuals who have previously engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct or physical abuse involving children or youth. When an offender wishes to be actively involved with the Church the following practices will be followed: a.
The individual agrees to attend adult Sabbath School, worship services, and other church related activities on a chaperoned basis and will not interact on a personal basis with any child under the age of eighteen (18).
The individual will not be allowed alone in any building on church premises where activities involving children under the age of eighteen (18) are being conducted.
If a child in the congregation approaches the individual on church premises or in public during a church sponsored activity the person will politely and immediately excuse themselves from the situation.
The local church pastor and elders will meet personally with the individual and enter into a ďŹ veyear covenant agreement that outlines the expected conduct to be followed at all times while on church premises or while involved in a church sponsored activity.
95 Jesus modeled the kind of respect, nurture, and protec-
CHILD PROTECTION PLAN
tion children should be able to expect from adults
Seventh-day Adventist Church
entrusted with their care. Some of His strongest words of reproof were directed toward those who would harm them. Because of the trusting nature and dependence
1. Statement of Purpose
of children upon older and wiser adults and the lifechanging consequences when this trust is breached,
1.1. The _________________ Seventh-day Adventist
children require vigilant protection.
Church afﬁrms its acceptance of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Statement on the Nurture and Pro-
1.3. Making Church a Safe Place for Children
tection of Children. In recognition of its desire to nurture and protect chil1.2. Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children
dren, the __________________________ Seventh-day
Adventist Church adopts this Child Protection Plan, which incorporates and expands, as appropriate, the
Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children.
Child Protection and Volunteer Screening policies (FB
In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts
20) as voted by the North American Division of the Gen-
from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, com-
eral Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
munity of faith and society-at-large. Children possess enormous potential for making positive contributions
The Church also takes seriously its responsibility to min-
to the Church and to society. Attention to their care, pro-
imize the risk for child sexual abuse and violence
tection and development is extremely important.
against children in the congregational setting. First and foremost, church leaders and members must them-
The Seventh-day Adventist Church reafﬁrms and
selves live by a strict code of ethics that precludes even
extends its longstanding efforts to nurture and safe-
the appearance of evil as regards the exploitation of
guard children and youth from persons - known and
minors for the gratiﬁcation of adult desires. The Church
unknown - whose actions perpetrate any form of abuse
organization will ensure appropriate action and follow-
and violence against them and/or sexually exploit them.
through is taken when abuse is reported within the church setting.
Approved and voted by the Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee (ADCOM) and released by the Ofﬁce of the President, Ted N. C. Wilson, on June 23, 2010, and released at the General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-July 3, 2010.
NAD Working Policy— FB 20 as voted in November 2011.
must be consistent with the mission of the church or school and must support its success-
2.1. The ______________________ Seventh-day Adven-
tist Church desires to make its worship and educational environments free from abuse of all kinds
2.3.4. Individuals who are unwilling to support the volunteer background screening and train-
2.2. The ______________________ Seventh-day Adven-
ing policies shall not be allowed to serve
tist Church is committed to providing a safe environment to help children learn to love and follow Jesus
2.4. The ______________________ Seventh-day Adven-
tist Church endeavors, through the implementation of this Child Protection Plan, to ensure that the programs it
2.3. The ______________________ Seventh-day Adventist Church acknowledges its responsibility, in concert with the _____________________ Conference of Sev-
sponsors are safe and provide a joyful experience for children and youth
enth-day Adventists, to select, screen, train and man-
2.5. To achieve these objectives in its ministry pro-
age trustworthy individuals to ﬁll volunteer positions in
grams, the ________________________ Seventh-day
ministry for children and youth activities
2.3.1. The _______________________ Seventh-
Adventist Church implements this Child Protection Plan 3. Organizational Responsibilities
day Adventist Church understands that the work of volunteers is essential to the successful
3.1. The _______________________ Seventh-day Adven-
accomplishment of its mission and ministry
tist Church undertakes to protect children entrusted to its care from harm caused by abuse
2.3.2. In selecting individuals for volunteer positions, only persons who support the mission of
3.2. Appropriate levels of adult supervision shall be pro-
the __________________ Seventh-day Adventist
vided at all times
Church shall be recruited 3.3. The _______________________ Seventh-day Adven-
2.3.3. The management policies and procedures
tist Church will exercise reasonable care in the selec-
employed to supervise the work of volunteers
tion and supervision of volunteers, including:
“Everyone involved in work with children must meet Church and legal standards and requirements, such as background checks or certiﬁcation.” (Church Manual, 18th Edition, 2010 – page 85.)
98 3.1.1. Selecting and recruiting appropriate individuals
99 4. Volunteer Selection and Management
needed to supervise a speciďŹ c ministry or activity 4.1. It is the responsibility of the _________________ Sev3.1.2. Training and orientating volunteers in order to pro-
enth-day Adventist Church to select individuals who
vide proper supervision of the ministry or activity
will serve in volunteer positions
3.1.3. Providing each volunteer with a written copy of the
4.2. No adult will be considered for a volunteer leader-
policies and/or expected code of conduct required by
ship role in a church-sponsored ministry or activity until
the ___________________ Seventh-day Adventist Church
the volunteer has been known to the members of the ____________ Seventh-day Adventist Church for a mini-
3.1.4. Providing proper oversight and management of
mum of six (6) months
volunteers 4.3. All volunteers shall provide the ______________ Sev3.1.5. Taking appropriate corrective action to either dis-
enth-day Adventist Church three (3) personal refer-
cipline, counsel, or remove volunteer when necessary
ences and submit to a screening procedure that will include a signed Volunteer Ministry Information Form
3.1.6. Reporting all incidents of suspected child abuse to proper authorities in accordance with the child pro-
4.4. Individuals who submit incomplete Volunteer Min-
tection laws as required by the jurisdiction where the
istry Information Forms will not be considered for a vol-
church is located
220.127.116.11. Mandated reporters will report physical
4.5. All volunteers shall be appropriately trained and
injury, child sexual abuse, willful cruelty or
background screened using Shield the Vulnerable
unjustiďŹ ed punishment, unlawful corporal pun-
before they are allowed to supervise children
ishment or injury, or neglect 4.6. The ______________________ Seventh-day Adven18.104.22.168. Where practicable, a member of the
tist Church Volunteer Service Committee is responsible
___________________ Seventh-day Adventist
for volunteer selection and management and will
Church pastoral staff will be involved in the
appoint a local administrator for the Shield the Vulnera-
ble program 4
Appendix A, hereto.
4.7. The Volunteer Service Committee will notify the
5.4. Cost of Screening - The ___________________ Sev-
appropriate ministry leader and the volunteer when the
enth-day Adventist Church is responsible for the cost of
screening process is complete
implementing these background screening and training procedures in accordance with the policies of the
4.8. All volunteer leaders, regardless of previous experi-
______________________ Conference of Seventh-day
ence, shall submit to the screening procedure required
by the church 5.5. All allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a 4.9. The Volunteer Service Committee shall periodically
child with a volunteer will be promptly referred to the
review the performance of all volunteers (volunteer
appropriate investigative agency by the leadership of
background screening and training will be updated
every three (3) years) 5. Protecting Conﬁdentiality
5.6. The church will respect the rights of all parties involved in any alleged incident and treat all matters concerning the situation discreetly, conﬁdentially, and
5.1. It is the duty and responsibility of all individuals
in accordance with local child abuse reporting laws
involved in the screening, interviewing, and selection process of volunteers to conduct themselves with utmost integrity and conﬁdentiality 5.2. The information received concerning individuals who volunteer their services to the church will be maintained at all times on a conﬁdential basis by the church 5.3. All information received during the volunteer
6. Orientation for Volunteers 6.1 The _____________________ Seventh-day Adventist Church will conduct orientation meetings to train volunteers on its ministry expectations towards children and youth 6.2. Orientation will cover to following areas:
screening process, will be maintained by the church on
6.2.1. The church's mission and the expectation
a conﬁdential basis and maintained on the Shield the
the church has for its accomplishment in a safe
Vulnerable password-protected secure electronic data-
and abuse-free manner
5 The __________________Seventh-day Adventist Church does not undertake by this Child Protection Plan to investigate allegations of misconduct and hereby limits the responsibility of its personnel and volunteers to reporting reasonable suspicion of abuse to the appropriate governmental agency.
6.2.2. The expectations, code of conduct, and
rules to be followed by volunteers in relation to 7.2.1. Ensure that the _____________________
supervision and interaction with children
Seventh-day Adventist Church Child Protection
6.2.3. Appropriate physical contact with chil-
Plan is followed, including review of applica-
tions, communication with personal references and completion of the Shield the Vulnerable
6.2.4. Appropriate supervision of children
training and background screening
6.2.5. Openness and observation of activities
7.2.2. Coordinate training and orientation activities for volunteers
6.3. The _________________________ Seventh-day Adventist Church will provide orientation meetings at
7.2.3. Report to the Pastor and/or pastoral staff
appropriate intervals during each calendar year
on program compliance
7. Volunteer Service Administrator
8. Code of Conduct and Local Church Guidelines for Volunteers6
7.1. In order to carry out the objectives of this Child Pro-
8.1. The Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Volunteers
tection Plan, the ________________ Seventh-day
shall be electronically signed by all volunteers as part of
Adventist Church will appoint a Volunteer Service
the Shield the Vulnerable training
administrator who is responsible for implementing the
8.2 Shall be kept on ďŹ le within the Shield the Vulnerable
provisions of this Child Protection Plan to and adminis-
database for each volunteer
ter the Shield the Vulnerable program for the church working in cooperation with the pastor or pastoral staff.
8.3. In addition to the Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Volunteers, all volunteers are expected to adhere to
7.1.1. This individual will be nominated to serve
all local rules established by the church.
by the ___________________ Seventh-day 8.4. Failure to adhere to these rules will be cause to imme-
Adventist Church Nominating Committee, with
diately remove an individual from volunteer service.
vacancies ďŹ lled by the Church Board. 6
Appendix B, hereto.
MINISTRY VOLUNTEER Information
Personal Information Full Name: _____________________________________________________________ Last First M.I. Address: ______________________________________________________________ Street Address Apartment/Unit #
Local Church – Child Protection Plan Model – 2012 © Adventist Risk Management, Inc
_______________________________________________________________ City Zip Code Home Phone: ___( ____ ) ___________ Alternative Phone ___( ____ ) _____________ E-mail Address: ________________________________________ Previous Volunteer Experience: ___________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ SDA Church Member:
Previous Church: ____________________
PERSONAL REFERENCES Name: ___________________________ Contact Telephone: ____________________ Name: ___________________________ Contact Telephone: ____________________ Name: ___________________________ Contact Telephone: ____________________
Emergency Contact Information Full Name: _____________________________________________________________ Last First M.I. Address: ______________________________________________________________ Street Address Apartment/Unit # _______________________________________________________________ City Zip Code Home Phone: ___( ____ ) ___________ Alternative Phone ___( ____ )_____________
Volunteer Administrator Section Volunteer Position: _______________ Department: ___________________________ Ministry Leader: __________________________ E-mail: _______________________ Phone #: ______ (____ )_____________________ Date Approved: _______________
107 STEP #7 - Explain the Shield the Vulnerable - On-line Registration
CHILD PROTECTION PLAN Seventh-day Adventist Church
process and the Training course and Background screening requirements. Require all current Church Employees and Volunteers who work with children/youth to participate in the
LOCAL CHURCH IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Shield the Vulnerable program. Encourage all Ministry Leaders to set the example by being the ﬁrst to register and complete the
STEP #1 - Organize and Appoint the Volunteer Service Committee.
Shield the Vulnerable program.
STEP #2 - Review with the Volunteer Service Committee the Model
STEP #8 - Implement the use of the Volunteer Information Form,
Local Church Child Protection Plan document and modify in accor-
Personal Reference Checking and Shield the Vulnerable program
dance with Local Conference guidelines (if any) and local needs.
for all new volunteers who have completed the six-month waiting
STEP #3 - Select the Shield the Vulnerable program administrator and complete Shield the Vulnerable administrator's training. STEP #4 - Utilizing the Child Protection presentation and “Predator at the Door” video, present the Child Protection Plan to the Local Church Board for Approval and Implementation. STEP #5 - Announce to the Church the adoption of the new Child Protection Plan and that your Church will be a Safe Place for Children and Church Leaders will be proactive in preventing Child Abuse. STEP #6 - Conduct a Child Protection Plan Orientation Session for all Ministry Volunteers at the Church. Explain the new Child Protection Plan and outline the Code of Conduct that will be expected of all adults who work with Children and Youth.
period. STEP #9 - Monitor the results of the your Implementation of the Child Protection Plan by reviewing Shield the Vulnerable compliance reports and share the results with your Ministry Leaders, Pastor and the Church Board. STEP #10 - Watch your Church become a pro-active Safe Place where Children are truly valued and supported with Christcentered Ministry.
MINISTRY VOLUNTEER Interview Notes Form
CHILD PROTECTION PLAN RESOURCES Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America
Interview Details Volunteer’s Name: ______________________________Date: ____________ Time: ____________ Interviewer’s Name: _________________________________________________________________
YOUTH/CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT
Personal Reference’s Phone Reference Name: ___________________________ Number: _(_____)____________
Volunteer Position Applied For: ______________________________________________________
Because I want the best possible environment for our children and
Required Skills: _________________________________________________________
youth to grow up in, it is important that those working with chil-
SDA Church Member:
Previous Church: ____________________
Questions to Ask Reference Question:
dren have guidelines for conduct in order to protect both themselves and those under their care. As a ministry volunteer, I want parents and others to feel comfortable and conﬁdent with me. My Commitment to Volunteer Ministry As a Youth/Children's Ministry Volunteer, I will: 1.
Provide appropriate adult supervision at all times for the children for whom I am responsible.
Have at least one other adult, eighteen (18) years of age or older, to help with the supervision of children. If I ﬁnd myself in a situation where I am the only adult present, under no circumstances will I allow myself to be alone with one child (the “two-person rule”). This protects the child as well as protecting the adult from possible allegations.
Ask a child's permission before physically touching
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and
him/her anywhere, even when responding to an injury or
aware of the legal requirements for reporting suspected
problem. This is especially true for any areas that would
cases of abuse. In addition to any legally required report-
normally be covered by a T-shirt and/or shorts. If an injury
ing, I agree that if I become aware of any behavior by
is within this area, make sure another adult works with you
another individual which seems abusive or inappropriate
as care is provided.
towards children I am supervising, I will report that behavior to the church pastor, elder, or directly to the
Refrain from physical and verbal attacks and corporal
Conference Treasurer's or Risk Management Director.
punishment which are inappropriate behaviors and should never be used as discipline. “Time outs” or “sit-in-
10. Cooperate with church leadership in conducting children
that-chair” may be helpful discipline methods to use with
and youth ministries by being a volunteer who is loving,
kind, ﬁrm, and always a thoroughly professional person. Working with children and youth is not only a privilege; it is
Afﬁrm children with appropriate touching by keeping hugs
also a serious responsibility that must be approached with
brief and “shoulder-to-shoulder” or “side-to- side.” I will
keep hands at (not below) the shoulder level. For small children who like to sit on laps, I will encourage them to sit
11. Participate in orientation and training programs con-
next to me. 6.
Provide extra care when taking small children to the
ducted by the church. 12. Uphold the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist
restroom. I will take another adult along, or leave the door
open. * In the event I ﬁnd it impossible to comply with the above, I will comply as closely as
Be aware of conducting activities in rooms that do not
possible with the Code of Conduct and act in good faith for the welfare of the people involved.
have an interior viewing area, or I will leave the door open during the activity to allow easy observation by others.
Thank You for your service as a Youth/Children's Ministry Volunteer
Cooperate with the volunteer screening process and complete the Volunteer Ministry Information form, as required by the church.
Please retain a copy of this document and keep it for reference.
113 The following protocol is for informational purposes only and
CHILD PROTECTION PLAN Early Intervention Protocol
should not be attempted without coordinating ﬁrst with Adventist Risk Management and a qualiﬁed facilitator. If you are not insuring through Adventist Risk Management, consult with your insurance provider ﬁrst as they have procedures or restrictions on such
EARLY INTERVENTION PROTOCOL SEX ABUSE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES
Despite a church's best efforts at screening and prevention, minors may occasionally become victims of child sexual abuse by church employees and volunteers. In light of that reality, Adventist Risk Management and Phil Hiroshima of Hiroshima,
intervention. There are three primary phases: PHASE ONE – BEFORE THE MEETING 1.
Treat the situation as the emergency it is.
Ensure the abuse is reported to law enforcement and/or
Jacobs, Roth & Lewis in Sacramento, California, have developed
child protective services as soon as possible in accor-
a protocol intended to minimize the harm to victims. The protocol
dance with applicable law. This usually includes a written
is implemented with the cooperation of local conference leader-
ship and its purpose is to provide counseling and advise parents of the church's genuine concern for their child's safety, as well as
If the Perpetrator was an employee, the perpetrator
to assure the child and his or her parents that the abuse event is
should be placed on administrative leave upon receipt of
not acceptable to the church and will not be ignored.
notice of abuse pending the outcome of law enforcement's investigation.
This protocol is generally implemented when a minor has been the victim of sexual or other abuse by a church employee or volunteer through the victim's contact with the church.
Law enforcement and/or the District Attorney should be contacted as soon as possible to determine if the investigation has been initiated and to offer assistance and
It is of the utmost importance that a qualiﬁed and trained
cooperation, such as the willingness to provide informa-
facilitator be utilized to coordinate and conduct the meeting with
tion, including newly discovered information or victims, or
the victim and the victim's parents. The facilitator must be able to
difﬁcult to obtain records, for example, records of church
address psychological, legal and religious issues with the family.
employment from a foreign country, where applicable. In
order to avoid an obstruction of justice issue, law enforce-
ment and/or the District Attorney should also be advised of
Invite the victim advocate or counselor to be present if the victim has one.
the church's desire to meet with the victim and victim's h.
family to offer counseling and support and law enforce-
Invite the D.A. and/or law enforcement investigator to join the meeting if he or she desires.
ment and/or the District Attorney's permission should be obtained for the meeting before any contact is attempted i.
with the victim. If the investigation is pending, conﬁrm the
The victim should attend the meeting if age appro-
permission in writing, stating the church's intent to meet
priate. Generally, children in ﬁrst or second grade
with the victim and parents and the purpose of the meeting.
or younger do not attend. Children in junior high or above should attend if at all possible in most
Arrange a meeting at the conference ofﬁce, school or church for the following individuals to attend: a.
The meeting facilitator.
The highest level conference ofﬁcial available. The conference president is preferred but if unavailable another high ranking conference ofﬁcial is acceptable to avoid delay.
The victim's personal representative where possible, such as their pastor, teacher, or other trusted employee of the church.
Adventist Risk Management's claims counsel.
The victim's parents or guardian.
If the victim and family are not SDA members, invite their pastor or support person to be present for the meeting.
cases. Determining whether a child should attend is a judgment call and the decision should be made by the facilitator in consultation with others, including the parents. Generally, it is important for the victim to attend if they can understand the purpose of the meeting and can appreciate the fact that the church is listening to them and taking action on their behalf. 6.
Get commitment from conference ofﬁcials that the meeting is a priority and should be treated as an emergency.
Learn the victim's name and the names of the victim's parents at the earliest opportunity.
In some cases the facilitator may be the church's qualiﬁed and trained legal counsel. If the parents object to an attorney for the church being present, it should be made
116 clear that no release or other agreement will be expected
Always remember the purpose of the meeting:
as a result of the meeting or the offer of counseling. The parents should be advised that the purpose of the meeting is not legal at all and that the parents are free to sue the church or school if that is what the parents feel they need
To show the church does not condone abuse.
To show the church cares for the victim's welfare and the family's welfare.
To provide support to the victim and family.
to do. In fact, they are free to bring their own attorney to the meeting if they so desire. However, the parents should be clearly informed that the purpose of the meeting is to inform the parents of the church's concern for their child
Always look at the victim and family directly when addressing them and show genuine concern for their welfare.
Always keep comments directed towards the victim and family's emotional, mental and spiritual health and welfare.
and to address the welfare of the child. 9.
If the facilitator is not the church's legal counsel, and the parents intend to bring legal counsel, it would be wise to have the church's legal counsel available as an observer to control any attempt by the parents' legal counsel to turn the meeting into anything other than a meeting conducted for the sole purpose of expressing concern for the victim and offering counseling assistance.
PHASE TWO â€“ THE MEETING
Never call the victim a victim, without using his or her name.
Never be confrontational on issues of liability or whether it was or was not abuse.
Never blame the victim for the abuse - the facilitator must explain the abuse of power by the adult and the need for the victim to understand the adult's abuse of the relationship.
Never ask for the victim or family to sign any document at the meeting.
Always write the victim's name down where it is visible during the meeting. Refer to the victim by name and refer to the parent(s) by their names. The objective is to personify the meeting and let the family know that they are not just another victim but a person that the church is interested in and cares about.
victim, the victim may be asked to generally describe what happened to him or her if she desires to do so and is
Facilitator will conduct a short pre-meeting with church
comfortable and able to do so without getting too upset.
participants to review the protocol and provide guidance to the participants before the victim and victim's family
The following assurances will be made to the victim and family:
Upon arrival of victim and victim's family, church partici-
pants will introduce themselves and advise of their ofﬁcial
The church is assisting law enforcement and/or the District Attorney in the investigation.
capacities. b. 3.
Pastor or church ofﬁcial will open with prayer.
Facilitator will explain the purpose of the meeting, which is
ing what has happened. c.
to address the victim's emotional, mental, and spiritual
The church is making efforts to prevent such abuse from occurring in the future.
welfare, and will address those issues in detail with the family. In particular, the facilitator will emphasize the need
for counseling and why it is so important. The facilitator
The church is working to locate other victims, with a general description of what the church is doing in
will then encourage the victim to accept and participate in
that regard, for example, making contact with the
counseling at the church's expense. See Areas Typically
The church will not, and has no interest in, conceal-
Covered in the Meeting below for further detail on this
parents of other students who are possible victims
portion of the meeting.
of a teacher.
Facilitator will give opportunity for conference, church,
The facilitator will make concluding remarks.
Church ofﬁcial will close with prayer for healing and
and school ofﬁcials to thank the victim and family for attending the meeting and to make comments about the church's strong position against abuse. 6.
Facilitator will give the victim and/or parents the opportunity to share. Depending on the age and comfort of the
support to family. 10. Family will be thanked and farewells and best wishes will be given.
120 11. After victim and family leave, facilitator will conduct brief
The facilitator explains the value of counseling, which is
follow up meeting with church participants to discuss how
important to understand the violation of authority that
the meeting went generally.
12. Responsibilities should be assigned for follow up with the
family to ensure the family participates in counseling.
The facilitator explains the role of the parents in ensuring the victim gets the counseling he or she needs to address the issues of abuse and to help the minor understand the
Areas Typically Covered in the Meeting 1.
violation of authority. The facilitator explains to the parents that they hold the key to their child's future mental
Assurances are given that the matter is important to the
health by the decision to get their child counseling or not
church and that is why the effort was made by the partici-
get their child counseling.
pants to schedule and attend the meeting as soon as possible. 2.
The facilitator explains to the parents that they are not qualiďŹ ed to make the determination of whether their child
The church will not ignore the abuse or â€œsweep it under the
needs counseling and should let a mental health profes-
sional evaluate their child for that determination rather 3.
The facilitator explains that the victim should not have to
than make the decision on their own to not get their child
experience the improper conduct by anyone, much less
by a teacher, pastor, etc. from a church or church school. 9. 4.
The facilitator will explain the importance of counseling to
The church takes the issue of abuse very seriously and the
eliminate the feeling of guilt because of the child's per-
church wants to ensure our schools and churches are a
ceived lack of strength in not stopping the abusive con-
safe place for our most valuable resource, our children.
duct of the adult.
The church cares deeply for the welfare of the victim, does
10. The facilitator will explain that the victim should not feel
not condone such behavior by its employees and volun-
guilty of any criminal prosecution of the perpetrator; it is
teers, and wants to do what it can to assist the victim and
the perpetrator's criminal conduct which is the cause of
to ensure the victim is spiritually, emotionally, and men-
the prosecution of the crime, not the victim's participation
tally happy in the future.
11. Facilitator will explain that the failure to get counseling can
14. The facilitator will advise the victim and family that the
have a long term negative effect on the child's future, such
church will only require the bills from the counselor. The
as a future dysfunctional relationship with the child's
church will not request or require that the victim or coun-
family, future spouse or future children.
selor disclose the contents of the counseling or communications with the counselor to obtain payment.
12. The victim and family will likely feel there is a selﬁsh reason for the meeting and the offer of counseling. The facilitator
15. Remind the victim and family that there are not any
will explain that the church is primarily interested in the
releases to sign or any waivers to sign; the church leaders
victim's welfare, but in appropriate terms the facilitator
are here for the beneﬁt of the child's emotional, spiritual
may explain that such a motive is in fact selﬁsh in some
and mental health.
respects because a spiritually and emotionally healthy person:
16. There will be follow up on their progress by their pastor or church or school ofﬁcial.
Will support the church; PHASE THREE - AFTER THE MEETING
Will have their family support church; 1.
The conference ofﬁcial who is the most acquainted with
Will have their friends support the church;
And yes, is less likely to sue. However, the decision
counseling. This is usually the pastor but any conference
to sue or not to sue is the victim's/parents' alone
ofﬁcial can be assigned this task.
the victim and the victim's family will follow up with the victim and the family to ensure they are obtaining the
and the church is not here to inﬂuence the victim/parents in that regard.
The counseling bills are generally forwarded to the conference so that the victim will make the connection that the
13. If the victim is in counseling already, ways the church can
church is paying for the counseling. Adventist Risk
ﬁnancially assist in paying for it are explored. If the victim
Management and the conference will work out the
is not yet in counseling, ways to locate a good counselor
arrangement by which the bills are processed and paid.
and where the victim/family can send the bills is addressed. Often times the church can provide sugges-
Thanks to Phil Hiroshima and Jon Daggett of Hiroshima, Jacobs, Ross & Lewis in
tions for qualiﬁed counselors.
Sacramento, California for the Early Intervention Protocol.
125 ing my spiritual needs. However, in doing so I understand that the
CHURCH / PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT Seventh-day Adventist Church
following conditions are imposed for my attendance and I agree to abide by them because I am a Sexual Offender. Therefore, as a condition of my limited participation in this congregation, I agree
NOTE TO CONFERENCES - In reviewing whether a person should be allowed to participate in church services and other activities, the individual's record and facts of the offense should be considered. Legal counsel in the jurisdiction should review the Participation Agreement to be sure it meets with all legal requirements of the jurisdiction and be suitable for the individual.
to the following restrictions and conditions: Deﬁnitions Chaperone - a mature adult over the age of 30 years and of the same gender as the Participant and who is not a relative of the Participant. Further, a Chaperone must be approved by the Church Board or the Board of Elders. The Participant agrees that
CHURCH ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
arise. The Chaperone(s) approved under this Agreement is named
I recognize that the ____________________________ Seventh-day
on Exhibit A hereto which is incorporated by reference. The
Adventist Church (hereafter “Seventh-day Adventist Church” or
Church reserves the right to change the name(s) of the
the “Church”) has a moral and legal responsibility to take reason-
Chaperone(s) at any time at its discretion.
each Chaperone shall be given a copy of this Agreement, advised of its content and the appropriate protocols should concerns
able steps to provide an environment of physical/emotional safety for its members so that they can worship and take part in
Minor - any person who is under the age of majority in their
church activities and less formal social contacts with church
jurisdiction including all children and young people regardless of
members without fear of inappropriate conduct or threat. I also
whether such young person has indicated consent to any con-
recognize that of special concern is the protection for Minors (e.g.
children and young people). The best interests of such Minors must be in the forefront of all considerations for anyone attending
Participant - the person who is a sexual offender who wishes to
church services and other activities.
take part in church services and activities and agrees to be
I further recognize that my attendance at the Seventh-day
governed in his/her conduct under the terms of this Agreement. Sexual Offender - any person who has been convicted of, admit-
Adventist Church is a privilege extended to me to assist in meet-
ted to, or is known by process of church discipline to have
126 engaged in any unlawful sexual conduct or who has attempted,
conspired, or solicited any sexual contact involving a minor.
At no time will I place myself in or remain in any location in or around the Church facilities that would cause undue distress to others. (This prohibits me from being in or near
Terms of Participation
preschool, children's Sabbath School, youth or PathďŹ nder/Adventurer activities (both at the Church
I, the Participant undersigned, recognize the need to ensure a
facility and during activities that are not on the Church
safe environment for the members of the Church and will fully
property) or similar areas of the Church facilities.)
cooperate with these efforts and agree to the following terms and conditions in order to allow my participation and attendance at
I will under no circumstances take a child home with me or
activities sponsored by or associated with the Seventh-day
transport any child anywhere except in the case of an
emergency and then only with another adult present at all
I understand that I may participate in worship in the sanctuary, the adult Sabbath School class of my choice
and potluck. I agree to use the most direct route from the
I will not develop any special relationships with any Minor or their parents.
parking lot to the main entrance to these facilities and then to the activity location without passing through any other
I will not go to a church member's home where a Minor is
parts of the church buildings. Any deviation from this route
present, for any meals, Bible study, or get-togethers
will require prior authorization and accompaniment by
unless I have an approved Chaperone with me. I will not
one of my Chaperones.
invite any Minor into my home as a visitor.
I will not associate with any Minors attending or participat-
If I have a family (spouse and child) who would normally
ing in any church/school activity. I will not sit next to a
attend church-sponsored functions for families, I will
Minor and if a Minor sits next to me, I will move.
attend only my family but at no time will I leave the immediate proximity of my family or of one of my Chaperones
I will not linger in areas where Minors are being taught and will not go to any area where ministries for Minors are
I agree it is my responsibility to maintain an accountability
being conducted. If I need to be where Minors are meet-
network with individuals as deďŹ ned by the Church and
ing, I will only do so with a Church-appointed Chaperone.
make sure my whereabouts at church or church activities
is monitored by one of my Chaperones at all times.
mation in order to meet their parental or supervisory responsibilities. Accordingly, I hereby speciﬁ-
10. I agree to meet with the Board of Elders regarding the
cally authorize any member of the Seventh-day
status of my adherence to this Agreement at any reason-
Adventist Church to announce, publish either
able time requested.
verbally or in written form that I am a Sex Offender. I understand and agree that the level of detail in
11. I authorize the Church to obtain information regarding me
such a publication will be at the Seventh-day
from my parole ofﬁcer, governmental agencies or other
Adventist Church's sole discretion. I hereby
persons who might have information relative to my prior
release the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its
members from any and all liability of whatever kind, which may directly or indirectly result from
12. I agree to comply with any court-mandated restrictions,
any such publication.
treatment, and/or requirements and recognize that these take precedence over any less restrictive parts of this Agreement. 13. If I am on probation or parole, I will satisfactorily comply with and complete the terms of my probation or parole. I will provide the pastor with the name and contact information of my probation or parole ofﬁcer. The pastor is free to
Without limiting the forgoing, I speciﬁcally authorize the Church to notify the following church leaders that I am a Sex Offender: Church Board members Children's Division Leaders
contact my probation or parole ofﬁcer and any violation of my probation or parole will be reported. a.
I understand and agree that the Church, in fulﬁlling
Pathﬁnder Director Adventurer Director
its responsibilities to provide a safe environment for its members and guests, may ﬁnd it necessary to disclose an account of my past behavior and/or
Head Deacon and Assistants Vacation Bible School leader
criminal history to parents, church leaders, and other persons who may need to have such infor-
School Principal and teachers
130 School Board members
131 ďŹ les, directories, or rosters, or any other record listing children or minors in or associated with the congregation.
Children's Ministries Coordinator 17. The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not represent that 14. I understand that the provisions of this Participation
the restrictions set forth in this Participation Agreement are
Agreement do not create any personal and/or legal rights
a complete and exhaustive list as no document can fore-
against the Seventh-day Adventist Church or any other
see all possible issues. Accordingly, the Church reserves
Seventh-day Adventist entity, member, volunteer, agent or
the right to place additional conditions/restrictions on me
employee that would afford me any claim or right of
as the need may, in the Church's sole discretion, arise from
redress in any legal or administrative proceedings, nor
time to time.
does this agreement in any way preclude the Seventh-day Adventist Church or any other Seventh-day Adventist
18. I have read and understand the above conditions and
entity from exercising its right to freely exercise its faith as
agree to abide by them. If at any point I fail to adhere to any
set forth in the United States Constitution and the
of the above conditions, I recognize that my participation
Constitution of this State with respect to church gover-
at the Seventh-day Adventist Church may be terminated
nance in matters relating to conditions of church member-
or otherwise restricted. Such determination of failure on
ship and/or discipline.
my part and setting additional restrictions to include terminating my right of participation in any church activi-
15. I understand and accept that there will be an annual notiďŹ cation by the Church in a form determined by the
ties shall be at the sole discretion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church board.
Church informing our Church family that there is a Sex Offender who attends the church services, and referring
19. This Agreement shall remain valid as long as I attend
those wishing additional information to the head elder or
and/or participate in the activities of the Church named in
the pastor. I also authorize the notiďŹ cation of all members
this document, and should I wish to transfer my atten-
joining the church.
dance, participation, or membership to another Seventhday Adventist Church, a copy of this document will be sent
16. I understand this Agreement may be reviewed every six
to that Church.
months by the Church and will remain in effect as long as I am a member of or attend this Church. I will not request,
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Ministries Leadership Certification
oordinating children's ministries for the
local church involves leadership training
for teachers and leaders. The Children's
Ministries coordinator can contact the conference director to assist with training volunteers on a regular basis. As of 2011, the General Conference Children's Ministries Department offers three levels of leader-
ship certiﬁcation with each level consisting of 8-9 courses.
through the stages of faith development to a committed rela-
These courses can be taught as seminars during teachers' con-
tionship with Jesus Christ.
ventions, leadership training, or certiﬁcation weekends. It may take several training sessions to complete all the courses of each level. Each union can issue certiﬁcates to participants who have completed each level of the certiﬁcation courses. For those leaders who wish to have advanced training online, the North American Division Children's Ministries Lead-
4. Positive Class Discipline Learn some ideas of managing a class with grace and ﬁrmness as you facilitate active learning in your lessons. 5. Raising Kids to Adore God
ers' Certiﬁcation is another valuable program to use. You can
Help parents learn the most effective ways to raise children to
ﬁnd more information online at www.childmin.com
adore God by making worship as a lifestyle.
6. Protecting Children from Abuse (Screening Volunteers)
1. Understanding GraceLink
Protect the children in your church by implementing an effective procedure for volunteer screening. Learn how to introduce
Understanding the GraceLink curriculum, learning about how
volunteer application forms without insulting long-time lead-
the four dynamics of grace, worship, community, and service
are incorporated into the Bible lessons, and understanding the new approach to teaching it.
7. Safety and Emergency Procedures for Children
2. Active Learning
Provide safety for children in church-sponsored activities by implementing procedures that protect them from physical
Discover the interesting and best method of teaching children
harm, danger, accidents, and other unforeseen hazards.
of any age by involving them in activities rather than through lectures.
8. Understanding Child Development: Birth Through Early Teen
3. Faith Development of Children Discover the developmental characteristics of children ages 0Find out how children develop their faith and learn to lead them
14, how they learn, and how best to teach them. Understand
138 the needs, the strengths, and the challenges of pre-
139 4. Involving Children in Missions
adolescents. Learn practical tips for keeping them connected to the group and to Jesus.
Find out the values of involving children in mission service and learn ways of getting them to participate in mission outreach.
9. Understanding How Children Learn 5. Building Resiliency in Children Understand how children learn through their different learning styles and try to meet the needs of each type of learner. Dis-
Children face many difďŹ cult situations in the world today, such
cover the secrets for developing a successful lesson plan.
as broken homes, loss of loved ones, terminal illness, etc. Learn how to build resiliency in children so that they can
bounce back and face life with hope and strength.
1. Growing a Vision for Children's Ministries
6. Building and Equipping Your Ministry Team
Discover how to develop and grow a vision for effective chil-
Children's leaders can learn different ways to build and equip
dren's ministry in your church and also learn how to get rid of
their ministry team to effectively minister to children.
obstacles or infestations to a creative vision. 7. Teaching Children About Race 2. Leading Children to Jesus It is important to help children understand and appreciate peoLearn ways of having a one-on-one conversation with children
ple of other cultures; so discover how to teach them about race
about faith so as to lead them to accept Jesus as their best
friend. 8. Making Family Worship Easy and Fun 3. Postmodern Children's Ministry Discover fun ways to use in running exciting family worship Help children's leaders and teachers to understand the mind of postmodern children and their parents, seeking ways to meet their needs and to ďŹ nd effective and relevant ways to evangelize them.
that will deďŹ nitely motivate your children and teens.
140 LEVEL III
141 Because every child is valuable to God, it is essential that children's ministry develop a ministry for children with special
1. Growing Christian Values in Children In this era of conﬂicting values in society, parents and teachers
needs. Find out how to start such a ministry. 7. How to Include Kids with Special Needs
can learn six basic principles in intentionally teaching children Christian values. 2. Raising Spiritual Giants Find out why it is important for parents to raise children as
Children's teachers and leaders need to learn ways to include children with special needs in their activities and programs. 8. Teens and Religion
strong spiritual giants and learn how the D6 model can be
Find out what research says about teenagers and their
applied in parenting.
response to religion and learn ideas of how to work with teens
3. Partnering with Parents Parents are primary spiritual mentors of children and ﬁnd out how to extend your ministry into the home to partner with them. 4. Rock Solid Kids
in making religion attractive and positive for them. For handouts and notes of the courses, please refer to the following resources:
The Children's Ministries Handbook, Revised Ed., by The General Conference Department of Children's
Learn all the skills you need to develop an effective children's ministry that will raise rock solid kids in character and spiritual strength. 5. Fostering Kids' Time Alone with God How can parents foster TAG in their children? Examine some important questions and ﬁnd out how to do this. 6. Ministry to Children with Special Needs
Ministries, 2012. The General Conference Children's Ministries website at www.gcchildmin.org
KIDS In Discipleship WHY DISCIPLE CHILDREN? In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. -- Acts 2:17 NIV God longs for our children to be full of His Spirit, His Word and the joy of sharing their best Friend Jesus with someone else! How can we prepare our chil-
144 dren to be a part of the prophecy in Acts 2? For many parents,
145 children must lead us to disciple them to Jesus Christ.
this prophecy may seem unreachable. Many parents today don't have a problem spending time with their kids when it comes to sports, homework, and other daily routines, but they ﬁnd problems spiritually connecting with their kids.
The Kids in Discipleship ministry equips parents and key mentors to implement the Deuteronomy 6 model of discipleship that will help foster a family's faith in God. Through interactive small groups using K.I.D.'s Footprints curriculum families
When it comes to faith and spirituality, many parents
learn to reconnect with each other and build strong personal
don't know where to start. Kids in Discipleship (K.I.D.) is a
relationships with Jesus Christ. As families grow in faith they
ministry that both call parents and mentors to go deeper in their
are encouraged and equipped to begin to use their gifts in wor-
own journey as disciples of Christ and to personally disciple
ship, ministry and mission. In Deuteronomy 6 we read:
the children in their life. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love K.I.D. takes a systematic approach of creating relation-
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
ships with the home, church, and school to help implement dis-
soul and with all your strength. These commandments
cipleship principles that will build a child's faith to become a
that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress
lifestyle. The call of Elijah in Malachi 4 reminds us that God
them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at
sees the relationship between a child and his parents as abso-
home and when you walk along the road, when you lie
down and when you get up.” -- Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of
K.I.D. is committed to helping families connect with their kids while they are still young to ensure a positive connection with their Savior for the rest of their lives.
the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” -- Malachi 4:5, 6 NIV
God's heart cry in Malachi is strong. His message is
The Kids in Discipleship (K.I.D.) Ministry calls adults in the
clear. Now is the time to reconnect with our children! But what
home, church and school to unite in leading every child to trust,
is the purpose of this connection? Our connection with our
follow, and share Jesus. K.I.D. equips these mentors through
discipleship training and small group curriculum to go deeper
day Adventist Church in Collegedale, Tennessee became the
in their own relationship with Jesus and transmit their faith to
launch site and the Kids in Discipleship (K.I.D.) ministry began.
the next generation. In May 2011, K.I.D. transitioned to a faith ministry of the ø
Every child a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists funded by donations. K.I.D. continues to be dedicated to equipping parents to spiritually nurture their children to have a personal, meaningful, and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our hope is to have kids: Since then, the Kids in Discipleship ministry has grown 1.
Begin a lifelong, personal relationship with Jesus by establishing a daily devotional life of prayer and study of God's Word.
Discover individual gifts and passion for ministry.
Become equipped to share their gifts in the home, school, and church.
tremendously. In partnership with the General Conference Children's Ministry Department, the ministry is now represented in 11 out of 13 Seventh-day Adventist world divisions and has trained hundreds of church teams worldwide. In October 2011, In Discipleship was created out of a growing need to train and equip all generations to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Be trained to lead peers to the Savior.
Become a Holy Spirit led leader now for Jesus.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
As God has blessed K.I.D. to equip parents around the world to ø
disciple their children, a question has repeatedly been asked: “What about discipling youth, young adults and the rest of us as
In March 2002, Pastor Don MacLafferty was hired by the Geor-
adults?” In the same breath, many of these same people said,
gia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the
“Your ministry name makes people think you just disciple chil-
Southern Union, and the North American Division to launch a
dren, but you really disciple the whole family! Every adult could
pilot project in child discipleship. The Collegedale Seventh-
be blessed with this ministry!”
Our Executive Board met and prayed with us about
children. Designed to follow Footprints for Parents
adopting a new name that would better represent the scope of
and Mentors, this multi-generational interactive
what God is calling our ministry to do.
series assists parents in leading their children to
After much prayer, In
Discipleship was chosen. In Discipleship is our umbrella min-
Jesus Christ in three speciﬁc areas:
istry embracing Kids in Discipleship, youth, families and 1. Build your relationship with Jesus
2. Know the truth of Jesus
At the core of In Discipleship will still be the Deuteronomy 6 model of parents as the primary disciple-maker of their
3. Share Jesus with others
children. In Discipleship will seek to create additional resources that will powerfully impact a person's discipleship growth with Christ from the cradle to the crown. ø
OUR TRAINING EVENTS
Inside Out A 1 ½-day retreat to resource leaders, pastors, teachers, par-
The K.I.D. Footprints curricula are designed to help par-
ents and grandparents for personal spiritual revival, spiritual
ents/mentors and children experience life transformation by
leadership in the family and to impact the next generation
growing individually in their personal relationship with Jesus
through God-given vision.
Christ and with one another. K.I.D. University
Footprints for Parents and Mentors (FPM) is a set of 12 small group Bible studies designed to encour-
A 3-day training event that equips volunteer leaders to direct
age parents and mentors to ﬁrst, focus on personally
t h e K . I . D . m i n i s t r y i n t h e i r h o m e c h u rc h . T h i s l i f e -
growing in their relationship with Christ, and second,
transformational training offers a high level of experience-
learn to grow as spiritual mentors to their children.
based training through presentations, modeling and live labs. Training participants are taught to use the K.I.D. Footprints
Footprints for Kids (FK) is a 24-lesson small group Bible study course for parents/mentors and their
curriculum and lead interactive small groups.
Schools in Discipleship
K.I.D. Vision shared with Pastor
A 2 ½-day training event offered to teachers, administrators,
K.I.D. Vision shared with Church Board
Pastor/Volunteer preaches K.I.D. sermon series
K.I.D. Leadership Team recruited and meeting once a month
K.I.D. Leadership Team trained at K.I.D. University or with K.I.D. Training DVD
Church Family invited to K.I.D. FK demonstration and Q & A Meeting
parents and pastors interested in building discipleship principles within the school system. Schools in Discipleship is designed to mobilize each team to work together with an evangelistic mindset to disciple every student in a church school system to Jesus Christ. K.I.D. Coach A 2 ½-day training event in which you will learn how to use the new DVD “Kids in Discipleship-Church Edition” in your local church. The emphasis of this DVD is on engaging families in their local church to be intentional about ﬁrst being a disciple of Jesus Christ themselves and then being a disciple maker to their children and youth. KID Church Benchmarks A benchmark is a standard or point of reference against which
#2 Footprints for Parents and Mentors small group completed 12 lessons.
Each participant is invited to bring children to Footprints for Kids.
Participants are engaging in:
things may be compared or assessed. Use these church benchmarks to guide your progress through the K.I.D. ministry.
- Daily T.A.G. (Time Alone with God) in God's Word and prayer
Following a plan like this maximizes the beneﬁt and ensures the greatest blessing in discipling the families in your church and community. #1 Church is prepared for and engaged with K.I.D.
Prayer Partners in place praying for each family in the church
- Leading family worship
Small group co-leaders for Footprints for Kids are identiﬁed and trained.
#3 Footprints for Kids small group completed 24 lessons.
·Families are engaging in:
#6 Home-based Discipleship Centers in operation.
- Family worship
to reach their neighborhood. Families have completed leading FPM and FK for
Church family celebrates families' completion of FK during worship service.
Families equipped to lead FPM and FK in their home
- Daily T.A.G.
- Using their gifts in worship, ministry and mission.
Community friends and neighbors invited.
Each family in FK receives a visit from small group
#7 Pastor, principal, and representative teachers, parents, and students partner in discipling every child and youth to Jesus Christ. *Where a church school is present.
- Family mission identiﬁed
ents and students once a month to plan how to further partner in discipling every child and youth to
- Family members wanting baptism identiﬁed
disciples and disciple-makers. Annual discipleship training provided for all children and youth ministry workers. nd
#5 2 Cycle of FPM and FK completed.
Those requesting baptism receive preparation visits.
#4 All children/youth ministry workers equipped to be
Pastor, principal, and representative teachers, par-
For More Information: The In Discipleship Center P.O. Box 2131 4820 University Drive Collegedale, TN 37315 423-396-2120 www.InDiscipleship.org
Church families invited. 7
Kids in Discipleship at www.kidsindiscipleship.org
MINISTRY To Children With Special Needs
WHAT IS SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY?
t is a ministry designed especially to meet the
needs of children with various disabilities so as
to include them in the activities and programs of
the church. Why a Need for Special Needs Ministry? ď‚&#x;
Special needs children are also valued by
156 God and in need of the gospel of salvation.
~ Start Small and Build Well—after you identify the
the mainstream of the church program in the past
needs of children with special needs, pick one or two programs to focus on initially.
progress, then add another activity. Slow, steady
tual nurture because many parents feel embarrassed
growth will avoid burnout. ~ Consider Three Goals of Disability Ministry
Many parents feel that their special needs children
* A disability ministry opens the door to share the
are not welcomed in the church.
Gospel with families affected by
As you see good
Many special needs children have not received spirito bring them to regular children's programs.
Many special needs children have been left out of and have received little attention.
HOW TO BEGIN A SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
disabilities and to
Children of the church need to learn how to include
introduce them to a personal relationship with God
special needs children in their environment.
(see Romans 3:10, 23; 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 4:8).
HOW CAN THE CHURCH HELP?
~ Consider Three Goals of Disability Ministry
» Show Unconditional Love
* A disability ministry opens the door to share the
» Invite Families to Your Programs
Gospel with families affected by » Provide Financial Assistance
disabilities and to
introduce them to a personal relationship with God (see Romans 3:10, 23; 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 4:8).
» Supplement Needed Care
* A disability ministry integrates those with disabili-
» Share Grief
ties into the life of the church and gives them the » Proclaim Hope to Families
opportunity to have active roles in serving God (see 1 Corinthians 12:7, 21-26). 7
Joni and Friends, Special Needs Smart Pages (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2009), p. 16.
158 * A disability ministry enables the church to serve as a model to the community in meeting the spiritual,
159 4. Decide on a program – programs and schedules are driven by your availability of volunteers.
physical and social needs of families affect by disabilities (see Acts 1:8).
5. Involve the congregation and community – use ﬂyers, announcements in bulletins, emails to all church
~ Pray and Let God Direct You to the Best
members and leadership.
Program for Your Church ~ Create a Mission Statement – An inspiring mis1. Build a leadership team – start with an initial group of
sion statement is that banner waving at t h e ﬁ n i s h
2-3 people with a passion for this ministry. Include
line, drawing us onward. Create one for your special
your pastor. Other team members might include the
needs ministry (see samples below).
children's directors, special educators, parents, and church members who have a passion for kids. 2. Survey church members – develop a survey that will seek out information about individuals with disabilities who might beneﬁt from intentional church programs. It will also identify church members with helpful skills in planning, training and implementing a disability ministry. 3. Consider facility and liability issues – there should be easy access for those in wheel-chairs; restrooms are equipped for wheelchair use; room doors can be secured to keep children from slipping away from caregivers..
Sample Mission Statements
161 TYPES OF DISABILITIES
**taken from MaLesa's book, â€œLet All the Children Come to Me.â€? For information on how to teach children with disabilities, refer to the following resources: Gospel Light's Special Needs Smart Pages, by Joni and Friends, Gospel Light, 2009 Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, Barbara J. Newman, Faith Alive, 2001. Let All the Children Come to Me, by MaLesa Breeding et.al., NeXen, 2006. Children's Ministry Pocket Guide to Special Needs; Quick Tips to Reach Every Child, Group Publishers, 2008.
BAPTISMAL Guidelines And Recommendations For Children
hat response do we give children when
they ask to be baptized? How do we go
about preparing them to accept God's
grace and to walk fully in His light? What resources do we use to get our primaries and juniors ready for baptism? What do they need to know before baptism? What is the best age for baptism? We should not hesitate too long, for the child's decision will fade away. If we don't respond to their exciting deci-
168 sion to follow Jesus and be baptized, we may lose the golden opportunity to do so later.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
When a child makes a decision to become a follower of Christ, Making a decision to follow Jesus is a serious step
the Children's Ministries coordinator should encourage the
toward spiritual growth. The Church Manual, p. 29 concurs that:
church leadership to arrange an “Afﬁrmation of Faith” service
“Baptism is a spiritual relationship. It can be entered into only by those who are converted. Only in this way can the purity and spiritual caliber of the church be maintained. It is the duty of every minister to instruct those who accept the principles of the truth, that they may enter the church on a sound, spir-
for that child. Such a ceremony helps to afﬁrm the child's decision and to let him/her know that the congregation rejoices with him/her for making such a commitment. ø
BAPTISMAL BIBLE STUDY
itual basis. While there is no stated age for baptism, it is recom-
Select and use a child's baptismal study guide or any other
mended that very young children who express a desire to be
appropriate Bible study material for children that is approved
baptized should be encouraged and entered into an instruction
by the Seventh-day Adventist church. The following study
program that may lead to baptism.”
guides are recommended for use with children:
Ellen G. White also recognizes that children do make
Amazing Adventure Bible Guide Set – by Doug
serious decisions for baptism. She counsels the church in Tes-
Bachelor, Amazing Facts. Designed for kids ages 8
timonies, vol. 1, p. 169 that:
to 12. Visit www.amazingfacts.org
“Children of eight, ten or twelve years, are old enough to
be addressed on the subject of personal religion. Do not teach
Bible Treasures, edited by Aileen Sox. Nampa, Idaho: Paciﬁc Press Publishing Association, 2004.
your children with reference to some future period when they shall be old enough to repent and believe the truth. If properly
ChristWise: Discipleship Guide for Juniors, by
instructed, very young children may have correct views of their
Troy Fitzgerald. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald
state as sinners, and of the way of salvation through Christ.”
Publishing Association, 2002.
ChristWise: Discipleship Guide for Teens, by Troy Fitzgerald. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Her-
ald Publishing Association, 2002.
41 Bible Studies for Teens by Cindy Tutsch. Lincoln, Nebraska: AdventSource.
God Loves Me 28 Ways – by Charles Mills and Linda Koh. Nampa, Idaho: Paciﬁc
Press P u b l i s h i n g
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
It's My Choice, by Steve Case. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1996.
(A Sample Ceremony)
KidZone Bible Guides for Juniors – Kurt Johnson, Voice of Prophecy. Designed for kids ages 9-12. Visit
What We Believe for Kids – by Jerry D. Thomas.
* It does not have to be song from the hymnal; it could be a song from Sabbath School.
Nampa, Idaho: Paciﬁc Press Publishing Association, 2004. ø
After the child has completed the Bible study and is ready to become a church member, his/her request for baptism should be presented to the church board. On the day of baptism when the child will be examined publicly, ask the pastor to use the
* Allow the child to choose a song that is familiar to him/her.
* Have the child sit in the front row before the ceremony. * The Pastor or a Faith-Friend who knows the child best can introduce him/her to the congregation.
“Simpliﬁed Baptismal Vows” by Steve Case. This is easier for the child to understand the vows as he makes a commitment.
* Give a brief history of when, where, and what prompted the decision.
173 * Focus of remarks is about the child.
You could say: “I would like to introduce you to Bryan Nelson. Many of you have seen Bryan here at church. Last month at our Children's Retreat, Bryan made a decision. He decided to make Jesus his friend, and wants to be one of His children.” Afﬁrmation:
* To be read or recited by the child to the congregation.
“Having a friend to support you can mean the difference between success or failure. The Bible says that, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Eccl. 4:10). Bryan has chosen his Sabbath School teacher, Mr. Jerry Finch as his faith friend. A faith friend is someone who will encourage him in all aspects of his life, but most importantly, on his spiritual walk with Jesus.
For example: “Because I know that God loves me I choose to live my life as one of His children, Because Jesus died for me I want to please Him through the way I live. Faith Friend:
* Explain their role.
Introduced: For example:
* Faith friend recites commitment to the child. For example: “As your faith friend, I promise to support and care for you. Like you, I may make mistakes, but I know that God forgives me. I want you to know you can come and talk to me any time. I want to be your friend.”
174 Congregation Response:
SIMPLIFIED BAPTISMAL VOWS
* Get congregation to participate in the ceremony by raising their hands or standing as support. For example:
Baptismal Vows 1.
I believe in God the Father; in His Son, Jesus Christ; and in the Holy Spirit.
“Bryan, there are many other people here who I know would also like to be your faith friend. Would those of you in the congregation who would like to be a “friend” to Bryan please stand? Would those who are willing to encourage and support him with love; those who want to make a commitment to be positive and not criticize or condemn, but be a friend, please stand now.”
I accept the death of Jesus to pay for my sins.
I accept the new heart Jesus gives me in place of my sinful heart.
He gives me the Holy Spirit so I can obey Him. 5.
* The pastor offers a short prayer.
* Give the Afﬁrmation of Faith card to the child.
I believe God gave me the Bible as my most important guidebook.
I believe that Jesus is in heaven as my best friend and that
By God living in me, I want to obey the Ten Commandments, which include the observance of the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath.
I want to help as many people as possible to be ready for the soon coming of Jesus.
I believe God gives special abilities to His people, and that the Spirit of Prophecy is given to His chosen people.
I want to help God's church with my inﬂuence, effort, and money.
176 10. I want to take good care of my body because the Holy Spirit lives there now. 11. With God's power, I want to obey the basic principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 12. I want to be baptized to show people I am a Christian. 13. I want to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and I believe this church has a special message to give to the world.
Taken from It's My Choice, by Steve Case. Hagerstown, MD.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1996.
CHILDREN'S Programs And Activities
t is essential that we plan effective programs for children. However, we need to remember that programs are tools for building the body of Christ. We must never lose sight of our mission in Children's Ministries: to nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus. Every program we offer needs to lead children on the journey of faith. Do not over plan. Start out slowly and meaningfully instead of beginning with many mediocre
180 ones. It is better to strengthen existing programs and add new ones as the need arises, keeping in mind the availability of funds and volunteer help. We do not necessarily need all of the programs other churches have. Choose only those programs that you can resource, remembering that the more Children's Ministries programs a church provides and advertises, the more the
181 Unique features: This is the only ministry that reaches all Adventist children regularly. It provides a great opportunity to study the Bible with the children and help them relate these truths to everyday life. Children's Ministries Directors need to make sure that in all churches where there are children Sabbath Schools, provisions should be made for the children according to their appropriate ages.
church attracts families, and the congregation will grow. This
Resources: Children's Ministries; Ideas and Techniques that
chapter examines some programs that reach children. It pro-
Work (AdventSource); GraceLink Curriculum Resources for
vides ideas and encouragement for speciﬁc ministries. But,
Teachers (Review and Herald).
pick and choose carefully. Children's Church
PROGRAMS THAT REACH CHILDREN WITHIN THE C HURCH ø
Children's Sabbath School
Purpose: To provide children with the opportunity of worshiping in an age-appropriate setting, learning at their level of understanding, and participating in worship. Description: Children's church is a church service just for chil-
Purpose: To provide religious education for children that help
dren. It begins when the adult church begins. Children's church
them build a relationship with Jesus. This is the time when chil-
is scheduled according to the needs of each church, varying
dren study the Scriptures, fellowship together, and are
from once a month to twice a month. It is most needed by chil-
involved in service to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
dren ages 2-8, who ﬁnd it difﬁcult to sit for a lengthy period of time. Junior-age children need their own junior church, or they
Description: A total hour Sabbath School program based on a
can attend the regular service. Children's church incorporate
weekly Bible lesson. Children are involved in active learning
all the elements of regular worship such as praise, prayer, shar-
and participate in a variety of activities that meet their learning
ing or testimony, studying the Word, a children's sermon, and
drama or skits that apply the Word to everyday life.
182 Unique features: Children are given opportunities to partici-
183 Children's Baptismal Class
pate in worship and to understand the elements of worship. Purpose: To prepare children who have expressed a desire to Resources: 101 Ideas for Children's Church by Jolene
accept Jesus and be baptized.
Roehlkepartain (AdventSource); Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church, by Dick Gruber (Morning Joy Media); Chil-
Description: The children study the fundamental beliefs of
dren's Church: Responding to God's Love (AdventSource);
Christianity and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and their
The Abingdon Children's Sermon Library, volume 1, edited by
relationship and responsibilities to God and to the community
Brant D. Baker (Abingdon Press).
Children's Prayer Meeting
Unique features: Children's baptismal lessons are presented on a child's level of understanding. They can take as long as
Purpose: To involve children in a meaningful prayer experience. Description: It involves a short talk based on scripture to strengthen children's belief. It can include a song and then a prayer activity, ending with children praying for their families, church, friends and speciﬁc needs. Children can also meet in a home instead of the church.
they need in preparation for baptism. Resources: “Bible Adventures for Young Readers” by Charles Mills (GC Children's Ministries); Amazing Adventure Bible Set by Doug Bachelor; KidZone Bible Guides for Juniors by Kurt Johnson (Voice of Prophecy); It's My Choice” Baptismal Guide by Steve Case (Review and Herald); ChristWise: Discipleship Guide for Juniors by Troy Fitzgerald (Review and Herald);
Unique features: It offers children a special opportunity for
ChristWise: Discipleship for Teens by Troy Fitzgerald (Review
spiritual growth and fellowship with other peers.
Resources: Forever Stories Funpack (Review and Herald); 52
Ways to Teach Children to Pray (Rainbow Books); 100 Creative Prayer Ideas for Kids by Karen Holford (Paciﬁc Press); Chil-
Purpose: To give children an experience of worship through
dren's devotional books (Paciﬁc Press and Review & Herald);
music and to train them in singing and in understanding music
Week of Prayer children's devotionals (Adventist Review).
as a ministry outreach.
Description: A musical group for kids that performs mainly in
Resources: Speak Lord! I'm Listening, 2010 (AdventSource);
church as well as in the community. It can be a long-term or a
Be Like Jesus, 2011 (AdventSource); www.childmin.com
short-term project in preparation for Easter, Christmas, or Children's Sabbath. Community children can be invited to join the
choir and their parents invited to the performance. Choir
Purpose: To provide spiritual evangelism and nurture for chil-
devotionals, the music itself, the performance, and the rela-
dren in a camp setting.
tionships formed can all be great evangelism tools. Description: Children get together for 2-3 days on a campsite Unique features: This ministry brings together church school,
or a retreat center for interactive activities that encourage spir-
public school, and community children. It provides a great
itual, physical, social, and mental growth. A speciďŹ c theme is
opportunity to teach children good music and inďŹ‚uence their
chosen and the program is then planned around this theme.
Programs can include stewardship, Adventist heritage, mis-
Children's Sabbath Purpose: To provide children with the opportunity to use their gifts and talents by parti-cipating in the worship service. Description: This is a special yearly program on the fourth Sabbath in July, to promote awareness of children's needs and our responsibility to meeting their needs as a church. Children participate in the worship service, taking on functions such as
sions, and Bible heroes. Unique features: Offers weekday programming as well as Sabbath programs. Children are also given opportunities to develop their leadership as well as their spiritual, physical, and social skills. Resources: The Creation Case (GC Children's Ministries); My Place in Space (GC Children's Ministries Department); Jesus, Then and Now (AdventSource).
praying, Scripture reading, leading song service, preaching, collecting offering, and special music.
Children's Evangelistic Meeting
Unique features: This special program provides a great
Purpose: To help children make a commitment to Jesus, and
opportunity to train children as leaders in the church. Children
to understand the plan of salvation and the fundamental beliefs
feel included as members of the church by being involved.
of Seventh-day Adventists.
Description: A series of meetings for children that present
Unique features: Children get to be trained as young preach-
age-appropriate truths while the parents are attending the
ers when they have an interest and the gifts of preaching. There
adult evangelistic meeting. The programs include Bible stories
is also the opportunity to fellowship and work with their peers
and doctrines, memory verses, songs, prayers, activities and
in a great spiritual experience.
crafts. Resources: Young Preacher's Club by Children's Ministries Unique features: Presents a concentrated study of the plan of salvation and the distinctive beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists on the level of the children. Resources: 100 Creative Ideas 2 Learn Memory Verses by Karen Holford (Review & Herald); Day by Day With Jesus Bible Reading Guide (GC Children's Ministries); Bible Treasures by
Department, Inter-American Division. Children's Music Festival Purpose: To give children the opportunity to use their musical talents in areas of singing, playing instruments, musical mimes, etc.
Aileen Sox (Paciﬁc Press); Forever Stories Funpack—ages 4-
Description: Children gather for a day of music extravaganza.
11 (Review and Herald); Come Meet Jesus—ages 8-11 (Review
Programs include exhibitions and short demonstrations of
and Herald); The Underground Adventure (South Paciﬁc Divi-
musical instruments, mimes, choral works, etc. followed by
musical performances of the children. Community children can
Young Preachers' Club Purpose: To train children who have the gift of preaching to preach God's Word. Description: Children, who have an interest in preaching, join this club, which meets 1-2 times a week. They receive training in sermon preparation, delivery, and other public speaking
be invited to join the festival. Unique features: This ministry brings together children with various musical talents and abilities as they use these gifts for praise and appreciation. It provides a great opportunity for children to learn good music and how they can reach out through music ministry. Children's Nature Camp
skills. After several months of training, the child preachers get to practice these skills in real settings such as worship service,
Purpose: To inspire and lead children into energized, enjoy-
evangelistic meetings, children's church, and others.
able appreciation of the natural world.
Description: A get-away to a camp or place out in nature for a
vacation time, lasting 5-10 days. It can start in the morning
couple of days where children participate in nature activities
from 9:00 to 12:00 or any other time suitable to the needs of the
that will uplift, motivate and inspire them to appreciate the Cre-
community. The program involves a general session, Bible sto-
ries, crafts, and games. Teens can be great helpers here.
Unique features: Children get the opportunity to explore the
Unique features: Children in the church are given the oppor-
natural world through fun activities, games, video presenta-
tunity to meet with children in the community, and they learn
tions, and nature study. This is a great time for group dynamics
how to be friends to these visitors.
and bonding. Resources: Go Fishin (Review and Herald); Castles and Resources: The Creation Case DVD by Richard Aguilera; Sharing Nature with Children I and II by Joseph Cornell (Dawn Publications); A Family Guide to Sabbath Nature Activities by Eileen Lantry (Paciﬁc Press); Four Seasons…Five Senses; 52 Weeks with Nature by Thais Randall Baer (Paciﬁc Press). Other Programs: Children's health EXPO; stewardship camp; children's Bible camp; weekly Bible classes for children not attending Adventist schools; week of prayer; children's story at worship; children's small group. ø
PROGRAMS THAT REACH COMMUNITY CHILDREN
Crowns (Review & Herald ); KGCN (Kids and God In Communication Network) (Review & Herald); Joseph (Group Publishers). Neighborhood Bible Club Purpose: To continue as a follow-up from Vacation Bible School. Description: This is a 1-2 hour program of Bible stories, songs, crafts, and games that could be conducted in a home, car porch, or backyard. A family of the church can volunteer to host the Bible club and invite the children who have attended
Vacation Bible School
the Vacation Bible School as well those who have not.
Purpose: To reach out to children in the community and lead
Unique features: It's a wonderful family outreach project for
them to Jesus.
children who have attended Vacation Bible School. Invite them
Description: Vacation Bible School (VBS) is the most popular
to that home for the club and encourage them to invite their
community outreach program. It is generally held during the
friends in the community to join too.
Resources: GraceLink Curriculum (PaciďŹ c Press and Review
Description: Children in the community are invited to partici-
& Herald); Forever Stories Funpack (Review and Herald);
pate in a fun-pack activity of creative craft making.
This program can be conducted on a Sunday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 or at a time most convenient for parents to bring
Purpose: To reach out to young mothers in the community and
their children. Getting acquainted with the children and their
introduce them to God.
parents is essential for building better relationships.
Description: Mothers with small children are invited to bring
Unique features: Children are given opportunities to learn
their children to the church for fun and play and socialization.
new crafts and make new friends. It is another opportunity to
They will get to meet with other young mothers of the church,
know parents in the community.
thus giving them an opportunity to form friendships and network with each other. This program can be conducted twice a
Resources: Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Children (Group
week in a large room where there is space for toy cars, jungle
Publishing); Bible Story Crafts and Projects Children Love
gym, and other activities. Provide refreshments for mothers
(Group Publishing); Creative Can-do Crafts by Lois Keffer
and children. After some time, these mothers can be invited to
parenting classes, small groups, etc. Welcome Baby Unique features: It offers young mothers some time to get away from the house to meet other mothers in the community.
Purpose: To get acquainted with new mothers in the neighbor-
There is time to chat over food as they share parenting tips and
hood and to support them in their early months of motherhood.
issues. Resources: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) (Group Publishers).
Description: Women of the church get together to visit mothers who have just delivered their babies. They could be friends, relatives, or neighbors of the church women. They bring food, gifts for the baby, and materials on childcare for the
new mother to read.
Purpose: To involve kids in fun activities by learning and mak-
Unique features: This is an excellent outreach program for
ing a variety of crafts.
new mothers who need encouragement and support in the
192 early months. Good friendships established can lead to further
193 Summer Bible Studies
witnessing opportunities. Purpose: To provide an opportunity for children to study speciﬁc Resources: Welcome Baby Program by Kay Kuzma (AdventSource).
Mobile Library Ministry
Description: The focus is on active learning held in those locations as found in the Bible stories. Bible stories come to life in real life expe-
Purpose: To reach out to the children in the community and intro-
riences as the Bible lesson unfolds.
duce them to Jesus through books and stories. Unique features: Children experience the Bible lessons in real life Description: Each week the mobile van library travels to speciﬁc rural towns to provide the children there with books and other Bible stories materials. Each child can borrow one or two books for a week and will return them for other books when the van returns the following week. The mobile library also offers a puppet show, a Bible story and songs for children for about 45 minutes.
situations. They sit at the beach and review the Red Sea experience; tour a courtroom and study God's justice; walk in a wheat ﬁeld and explore the parable of the wheat and the weeds. Children create project-oriented Bible study programs, such as developing a Creation museum after a study of Genesis. The museum featured fossils, bones, and dinosaur replicas.
Unique features: This is an appealing outreach program for children in the outlying towns and villages where they have little access to
Other Programs: Puppet ministry; community story hour; radio pro-
books and materials. It opens up avenues of meeting the children's
grams and the Messy Church.
needs as well as giving them an opportunity to learn about the Bible and the gospel. In many cases, parents are also attracted to this mobile library. Resources: Children's stories published by Paciﬁc Press, Review and Herald, Standard Publishing, and Group Publishers.
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www.gcchildmin.org: This is the General Conference Chil-
Sabbath School, Year A. Lincoln, Nebraska: AdventSource,
dren's Ministries website that provides ideas, resources, and
information that are helpful to children's leaders and teachers.
www.childmin.com: This is the North American Division Children's Ministries website that provides children's leaders with great resources, mission is to encourage and support those working with children in the congregation.
Heaven, and more. There is also a section for teachers with ideas for teaching and worksheets for kids as well. It is a ministry of It Is Written. www.amazingfactskids.org: A powerful and unique Bible
www. Gracelink.net: This is the General Conference Sabbath School website for the children's Gracelink lessons. Provides the weekly lessons, podcasts, and storytelling iPad app and many more. Excellent for children, teachers, and parents. www.kidsministryideas.com: An exciting website featuring resources, training tips, VBS programs, Gracelink Sabbath School lessons, and many more. Great for children's leaders and teachers. www.kidsBibleinfo.com: This is a website for children, 6 to 12, designed to help children learn the wonderful truths of Scripture in an easy-to-read and attractive format. The web components are Bible Topics, Stories, Games, and a Bible Lesson Series. www.kidsviewmag.org: It's Adventist Review's full-color, eight-page edition just for children. Geared for kids ages 8-12, it's packed with news, devotionals, interesting church history, stories, puzzles, and student writing samples from Adventist schools around the world.
study experience designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. Filled with amazing facts and exciting spiritual discoveries around every corner! www.visionary4kids.org: Visionary is a magazine targeted for kids ages 8-14. It is full of fun stories, answers to common questions, puzzles, and activities and Ellen White's counsels on these topics. www.hikidz.org; This is a fascinating website for children, ages 6-12. It contains stories, Bible search, nature, computer, games, knowing about God and many more. Its goal is to provide a safe world for children where they can have fun discovering lots of interesting information about the world, life, important values, and Christianity. The site aims to be dynamic, contemporary, biblically accurate, denominationally unspeciďŹ c, culturally accessible and appropriate to children regardless of background. www.4kids.ag.org: This is the website of the National Chil-
It is a series of Internet-
dren's Ministries Agency, which exists to serve the local
based, interactive Bible studies just for kids ages 7 to 12. These
church, its pastors, and laity in their pursuit of excellent minis-
14 studies take the child through many of the basic themes of
try to the children of their church and their communities. It
the Christian faith including topics like Creation, the Trinity,
endeavors to unify the many facets of a local church's chil-
202 dren's ministry and strives to help the local church grow by attracting, reaching, and discipling children and their families. www.kidology.org: This website aims to equip and encourage those who minister to children by providing practical training, creative teaching resources, and personal consultation. www.children-church-ministry.com: On this website you'll ďŹ nd an invaluable supply of FREE children's church ministry resources such as lessons, songs, activities, games, skits, tips, and MORE!!! These are excellent ideas & resources for telling kids about Jesus. www.ministry-to-children.com: On this website you'll ďŹ nd thousands of free ideas and resources for telling children about Jesus. There are Bible lessons, games, craft ideas, etc.