On Thursday, I attended two lectures as part of Fuller’s Missiology Lectures. This year’s theme was “Children and the Mission of God.” I wish I had made it to the first day of lectures – sounded like there was a lot of great base information presented.
Anyways, a these things hit me the most from the two lectures I listened to:
- Unlike adults, children don’t/can’t compartmentalize their lives. (i.e. when something bothers them at home, it will influence all areas of their school, play, etc. )
- A child’s self-identity is critical – do they see themselves as a poor and worthless child, or a child of God?
- Because many children lack the power to change their circumstances, they have to depend on broken adults. We need to realize that we are broken adults and don’t have all the right answers all the time.
- Holistic ministry to children is essential – both spiritual and physical, as well as emotion, ministry is needed.
Definitely an area I want to explore a bit more…there is a lot of work to be done!