Children’s ministries seek to develop the faith of children ages birth to 14. While Sabbath school provides for religious education once a week, children’s ministries look at the whole child and seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciples them in their daily walk with God.
The mission of the West Ethiopia Union Mission children’s ministry department is to nurture children in to a loving, serving relationship with Jesus.
Christ’s mandate to feed the lambs (John 21:5) and to let the children come to Him (Mark 10:13, 14) commissions the Church to evangelize children and to nurture their spiritual growth. Children’s Ministry seeks to develop the faith of children from birth through age fourteen, leading them into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus and a commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Children’s Ministry envisions the following:
- Children growing in faith and having a close relationship with Jesus and others shown by a strengthened prayer life, daily Bible study, and service to others.
- Children’s leaders and teachers trained through the ongoing leadership certification program and prepared to minister effectively to children.
- Resources developed and produced that nurture the spiritual growth of children and equip children’s leaders and teachers.
- Initiative implemented by Union which effectively trains parents to disciple their children.
- Greater alignment between Children’s Ministries and other departments achieved, which resulted in resources developed for, unions, conferences and fields.