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  1. 2. The Greatest Commandment <ul><li>Matthew 22: 34-40 </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: &quot;Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?&quot; Jesus replied: &quot; 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.‘ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.&quot; </li></ul>
  2. 3. Deuteronomy 6 – Don’t Forget! <ul><li>  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. </li></ul><ul><li>10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Deuteronomy 6 – Don’t Forget! <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Deuteronomy 6 – Tell Him! <ul><li>  20 In the future, when your son asks you, &quot;What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?&quot; 21 TELL HIM : &quot;We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent miraculous signs and wonders—great and terrible—upon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Deuteronomy 6 – Tell Him! <ul><li>23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers. 24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 7. “Tell him” <ul><li>Multi-generational Issue </li></ul><ul><li>1930’s-1945 – The Silent Generation </li></ul><ul><li>1946-1959 – The Boomers </li></ul><ul><li>1960-1974 – The Busters/Gen X </li></ul><ul><li>1974- late 90s – Gen Y/The Millennial Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Late 90s/2000 – Gen Z/The New Silent Generation </li></ul><ul><li>- It’s been 4 or 5 generations since we have had a communal knowledge of God and the Bible. </li></ul><ul><li> * From: Faith at Home Seminar, Mark Holmen, May 1, 2010. </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Question of Influence <ul><li>Order of Spiritual Influence </li></ul><ul><li>Mom </li></ul><ul><li>Dad </li></ul><ul><li>Pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Grandparents </li></ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul><ul><li>“ Significant Religious Influences Survey”. Early Childhood Education study, Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Deuteronomy 6 – Talk about them <ul><li>4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Daily Reminders <ul><li>“ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, </li></ul><ul><li>but a habit.” – Aristotle </li></ul>
  10. 11. “Talk about them at home” <ul><li>Churched Youth: </li></ul><ul><li>Who have experienced either family devotions, prayer, or Bible reading in the home? 27% </li></ul><ul><li>Who have talked with Mom about faith? 28% </li></ul><ul><li>Who have talked with Dad about faith? 13% </li></ul><ul><li>“ Significant Religious Influences Survey”. Early Childhood Education study, Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Dropping the Torch <ul><li>61% of today's young adults had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying). </li></ul><ul><li>In a report to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, 70% of teenagers involved in church youth groups stop attending church within two years of their high school graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>The Southern Baptist Council on Family Life reported an even more staggering statistic — that 88% of the children in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18. </li></ul><ul><li>Age range % who experience salvation within that age range </li></ul><ul><li>5 to 13 years 32% </li></ul><ul><li>14 to 18 years 4% </li></ul><ul><li>over 19 years 6% </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Teens and adults have little chance of accepting Christ as </li></ul><ul><li>their savior, &quot; Barna Research press release, 15 Nov 1999. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Deuteronomy 6 <ul><li>  1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Why us? <ul><li>The Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>The Blessing </li></ul><ul><li> - enjoy long life </li></ul><ul><li> - eternal life </li></ul>
  14. 15. The Role of the Church <ul><li>To reach the lost generations now </li></ul><ul><li>To partner with parents, grandparents, families, to teach the children </li></ul><ul><li>To role model God’s love and support to these children as they grow spiritually </li></ul><ul><li>To develop church programs that reach, impact, and support the spiritual training at home </li></ul>
  15. 16. Mission of VOX Children’s Ministry <ul><li>Gather </li></ul><ul><li>To create a safe, fun environment for children of all ages </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate God’s love through our volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Grow </li></ul><ul><li>To offer Bible-based programs that help children grow spiritually </li></ul><ul><li>To partner with parents, equipping them to disciple their children </li></ul><ul><li>Go </li></ul><ul><li>To serve and reach the children in the community around VOX Church </li></ul>
  16. 17. Process for Volunteers <ul><li>Because safety of the children is our first priority, volunteers will go through this process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background check (covered by VOX Church) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Safety <ul><li>Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Safe and secure environment </li></ul><ul><li>Nurturing spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Our reputation in Chesterfield </li></ul><ul><li>We must limit liability </li></ul><ul><li>* Safe Place: Guidelines for Creating an Abuse-Free Environment, edited by Marv Parker, Christian Publications, Inc. 2002. </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Two adults </li></ul><ul><li>Open door policy </li></ul><ul><li>Unrelated volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Safe ratios </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum volunteer age </li></ul><ul><li>Supervision of rooms </li></ul><ul><li>No diaper changing or potty time </li></ul>
  18. 19. Volunteer Expectations <ul><li>Vibrant, growing personal relationship with Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Love for children </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to reach children with the Good News </li></ul><ul><li>Passion to disciple children as they grow in their relationship with Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to intentionally develop trustworthy, long-term relationships with the children you teach </li></ul>
  19. 20. Children’s Ministry Director <ul><li>Provide vision </li></ul><ul><li>Review and choose curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Develop systems </li></ul><ul><li>Provide programs and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Plan outreach events and service projects </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee gathering times or delegate this to the </li></ul><ul><li>Point Person </li></ul>
  20. 21. Point Person <ul><li>When the Director of the Children’s Ministry is not present during programs, there will be a Point Person to oversee the rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>The Point Person will: </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee volunteers in the rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Notify parents when they are needed for diaper changes, potty time, or crying. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring questions and concerns to the director as needed. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Programs and Family Events <ul><li>The age specific programs will: </li></ul><ul><li>Be developmentally appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Be Bible based </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on a growing relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Equip parents </li></ul><ul><li>Family Events will </li></ul><ul><li>Give children an opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Equip parents </li></ul>
  22. 23. Theme by Age Group <ul><li>From birth through graduation, we want to guide the children of VOX Church from being amazed by God to discovering who God says they are to developing a passion for playing their part in God’s Kingdom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God made me (wonder) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God loves me (wonder) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus wants to be my friend forever (wonder) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gradeschoolers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I can trust God no matter what (wonder) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I need to make the wise choice (discovery) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I should treat others the way I want to be treated (passion) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jr. and Sr. High Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with God (wonder) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what He says (discovery) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world (passion) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joiner, R. Think Orange . David C. Cook, 2009, 154. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Community Service and Outreach <ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>- Developing a compassionate spirit </li></ul><ul><li>- Incorporate children and teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>into family service projects </li></ul><ul><li>- Partner with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>- Children planning outreach events </li></ul>
  24. 25. Classroom Expectations <ul><li>To decrease disciplinary issues, </li></ul><ul><li>prevention will be emphasized… </li></ul><ul><li>The discipline process is </li></ul><ul><li>Reward positive behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Remind child of the rules </li></ul><ul><li>Redirect the child’s behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Remove the child from the group </li></ul><ul><li>Return the child to the parent </li></ul><ul><li> Safe Place: Guidelines for Creating an Abuse-Free Environment, edited by Marv Parker, Christian Publications, Inc. 2002. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>“ Christianity is always one </li></ul><ul><li>generation from extinction.” </li></ul><ul><li>- H. Richard Niebuhr </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>John 15:5-8 </li></ul><ul><li>I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Passing on the Torch of Faith <ul><li>Starts in our personal lives </li></ul><ul><li>Builds in the home </li></ul><ul><li>Fills our church </li></ul><ul><li>Expands to reach the world </li></ul><ul><li>* From: Faith at Home Seminar, Mark Holmen, May 1, 2010. </li></ul>