Young people matter at KingsWay because the next generation matters to God.
1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” That's why the goal of our next generation ministries are to help young people enjoy a growing relationship with God.
If that happens, it’s a win! This is true whether they're 17 months or 17 years old, whether they come from a single-parent or two-parent household, whether they've been to church a thousand times or never before. We achieve this goal by helping them treasure Jesus Christ, pursue authentic community, and love their neighbors in age-appropriate ways.
The heart-orientation of our mission means next generation ministry is more than running a program. It's about partnering with parents to raise up a new generation of God-followers. Over the years, we've found consistent, quality, programs provide an ideal context for such discipleship ministry. All of our programs for young people are guided by seven core values:
1. The Word of God must provide the framework for discipleship ministry. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. God has given parents primary responsibility for discipling their children. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
3. God has ordained the church to envision, equip, and encourage parents. (Ephesians 4:12-16)
4. The church and the family are designed to work together in discipling children. (Acts 2:42-47)
5. Children and parents need to experience the love and care of God in the context of community. (1 John 4:7-11)
6. Children and parents need truth to build their lives upon: who God is, what He’s done, and why it matters. (Psalm 78:1-7)
7. Being faithful to the Gospel is more important than being culturally relevant; the method must never overshadow the message. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
A Word to Parents
If you're a parent, then you are an essential part of God's plan for next-generation ministry. No Sunday school, no youth group, no church leader can replace your role in the life of your child. Maybe things are going well. Your child loves you, you love them. Maybe things are not going so well. Your child is pulling away, you're unsure how to respond. Wherever you are on the roller coaster of parenting, one thing is true: you can't fly solo, at least not for long.
At KingsWay, we're committed to helping parents learn to fulfill their God-given responsibility in the context of community with other parents. So download the King'sKids scripture songs and homework sheets to teach your 4 year old. Come to a Frontline meeting with your 11th-grader and participate in the parent training segment. Spend a Friday night snow-tubing with your 6th-grader and learn to laugh together. Find a place where you can link arms with other dads and moms to receive the real hope and help that only God can provide.