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Awana Leader Urges Churches to purchase Children’s Ministries

Churches have to spend money on discipleship-oriented children’s ministries, if not they may be “sitting on a burning platform,” said Matt Markins, head of the kid discipleship organization Awana.

Discussing a Barna Group study, Marlins said most children develop their worldview by age 13, in fact it is “largely fixed,” The Christian Post reports.

“If we’re considering age 18 because the deadline, we’re actually considering the incorrect deadline,” Markins said. “It isn’t 18, it’s 13, as the Barna Group said worldview formation is defined at that time. Churches should be buying children, because it’s what we’re doing with the 8-year-olds that’s forming after that end up being the 13-year-olds.”

He said creating a worldview must start when folks are children because it isn’t a “youth group conversation.”

“The Church looks to the canary in the coal mine because the senior high school dropout rate [when] students leave from the Church after senior high school. But the reason for the canary in the coal mine isn’t as soon as the canary falls over, it’s what deadly gas resulted in that and where achieved it result from?” Markins told CP.

Markins’ comments come just before Awana’s Child Discipleship Forum slated from Sept. 22-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. About 500 folks are likely to attend the two-day event. Transformation Church Pastor Derwin Gray, apologist and academic Rebecca McLaughlin, Barna Group CEO David Kinnaman, Grove City College professor Carl Trueman and theologian Ray Ortlund are anticipated to wait.

Markins also described how children who said they will have a minumum of one adult at their church besides their parents who “knows them, loves them, and cares for them” to be more ready to take part in the Bible, serve in the church and feel just like they participate in the church.

“There is no comparison between your children who’ve another adult engaging using them when compared to children who don’t,” he added.

“So, what’s the idea to pastors and leaders? In the event that you cultivate a culture at your church where kids are known, loved, and looked after by other loving, caring adults that are engaging using them, you are going to … develop children who become teenagers, students, and adults who’ve lasting faith.”

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Amanda Casanova is really a writer surviving in Dallas, Texas. She’s covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She’s also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

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