How do Nehemiah Kids and L.I.T. help churches partner with families?

How do Nehemiah Kids and L.I.T. help churches partner with families?

One of the major challenges the church is facing today is the issue of parents who are believers in Christ but who have never been Family Pic For Websitediscipled themselves. A common mistake in many churches is to say, “This is the responsibility of the parents to disciple their children” and then turn our backs, believing that is being done. All the while, the parents are believing that the church will make their child a “good Christian.”

The goal of L.I.T. is twofold:

  1. To provide the church with tools to assist parents in the discipleship of their children

The question you have to ask is how to get parents to change their priorities. For many Christian families today, their number one priority is their child’s education. Number two is sports and other activities. The church and their child’s personal relationship with Christ is low on their priority list.

Families are overwhelmed; however, by properly training parents, the church can direct them down a path to discipling their children at home in partnership with the church. The church helps parents look at their family’s current priorities and shows them the importance of putting Christ first. They learn through the process that God will bless them for making Him first in everything they do. As they begin the journey, the family will transform together. Hear one parent’s story of how L.I.T. transformed her whole family.

Note: All the families will not be happy about their child doing a daily quiet time. This should not stop you from moving forward with the rest of the families in your church. The temptation is to stop everything for the few.

  1. To properly train the churches how to disciple and equip children for ministry

As church leaders, we cannot forget our calling to make disciples. Yes, parents are the number one spiritual influence in the lives of their children, but the church has a mandate to make disciples who make disciples. The model of sitting children and students in a classroom from birth-18 years of age while the church ministers to them has proven to be detrimental to the faith of children. As students today walk away from the body of Christ all together, they are pointing their fingers not at their parents but at the church that did not recognize their significance and give them opportunities to express their faith within the body. “They are a generation prepared to be not merely hearers of doctrine but doers of faith.”[1]

L.I.T. takes two steps that have proven to change the lives of children and students:

  • Discipleship (Matt. 28:19-20): To fulfill our mandate to make disciples, children are taught six spiritual disciplines that bring transformation in their lives: Lordship of Christ, daily reading and memorization of God’s Word, prayer, evangelism, gifts and service, and living a life of obedience to Christ. When these disciplines are applied on a daily basis, their lives take a turn toward Christ, and they become more and more like their Savior. By repetitively doing these steps on a daily basis, children experience rapid expediential growth.
  • Equipping (Eph. 4:11-13): The leadership of the church has been given gifts for the purpose of building up the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-13). N.K. and L.I.T. recognize that every believing child has spiritual gifts that are to be used to build up the body of Christ. We see children as the church today because of who lives in them. Children and students alike find their identity and purpose in the body of Christ, resulting in them staying in the church as they move into adulthood. Leaders are taught how to help your children and students discover their gifts and give them places to serve according to their gifts.
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[1] David Kinnaman, You Lost Me. Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011), 9.