Below are tools available through the ECC to help children explore their relationship with God and navigate their spiritual pilgrimage at church and at home.
Downloads and Resources
Christian Formation is our continuing journey of being transformed by the Holy Spirit towards the likeness of Christ, experience and expressing love for God and others, as described in Romans 8:29 and 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. We can teach our children the facts of God’s love and God’s plan, but for it to make a difference in their lives they must experience it in their hearts.
We discipline the children in our care not to punish them, but in order to disciple them. The goal is not to deter misbehavior, but to show the way for acceptable behavior. To do this effectively, we need to understand both what we are doing and how best to do it.
One of the biggest challenges for many churches is ensuring that there are enough people with enough training to minister to and with children. The following downloads offer suggestions on how and why to recruit, prepare, and affirm ministry volunteers.
When engaging children in a formational ministry, it is important to recognize where they are coming from, as far as which learning approaches and teaching methods work best for them. It is also important to be sensitive to the realities of the culture of the children in your ministry.
Here you will find an overview of the cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and spiritual developments of children, and their implications for spiritual nurturing. You will also find additional tips for the home. Each download is organized within the GROW framework to assist you in planning.
Regardless of whether your ministry takes a relational or programmatic approach, whether you mainly do intergenerational or peer-based ministry, it is important that your church be able to articulate the what you are doing, where, and why. The following downloads will help you do this as well as help you plan for each year and for specific individual ministries.
- Ministry Planning Tool Introduction – Download
- Transformational Ministry – Download
- Exemplary Ministry Tool – Download
- Values, Mission and Vision Statements – Download
- Children and Family Ministry Overview – Download
- Ministry Development – Download
- Formation/Worship Options – Download
- Children’s Ministry Models – Download
- Children’s Ministry Check List – Download
- Writing Objectives – Download
- Curriculum Evaluation – Download
- Room Evaluation – Download
- Parent Conversations – Download
For a complete listing of “discipleship” resources from the Evangelical Covenant Church related to children, click here.