Children's Ministry in a Missional Paradigm: Breaking It Down

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As we continue in this series to articulate what children’s ministry looks like in a missional paradigm, we’ve looked at what “missional” means here, here and here.

Now, I wanted to take a look at some guiding scriptures to build a statement around. Here are some that speak to what it I think it means to be Spirit-empowered missional community:

“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)

“‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourelef.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)

“Therefore 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 (NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-27 (NIV)

What do you think? Would you suggest different verses? Would you add any?


7 thoughts on “Children's Ministry in a Missional Paradigm: Breaking It Down

  1. Henry Zonio says:

    In the spirit of full disclosure, these are some key scriptures we are using to help guide our church staff as we strive to be a Spirit-empowered missional community.

  2. jabberfrog says:

    Although there may be additional scripture to add, there are none that immediately come to me. Each scripture you list are calls to action. They are not passive yet clear actionable scripture that draws the believer (no matter the age) to embrace something bigger than themselves.

    Good stuff. I pray more kids ministry embrace these scripture regardless of whether they consider themselves missional.

  3. Desiree says:

    I think those are great verses.

    Here are some to add…

    John 13:35 (New International Version)

    35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

    1 Peter 4:8
    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

    Hebrews 10:24-26 (New International Version)

    24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

    26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

    Romans 12:2-4 (New International Version)

    2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

    Ezekiel 36:25-27 (New International Version)

    25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

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