The background to this is that many of us have grown up with the prevailing mindset that says when we go to church on a Sunday the children and young people have their own groups and the adults have the ‘proper’ teaching. Centralised Children’s Ministry is of MASSIVE importance in all this, but we believe there is a much fuller experience of discipleship and mission that we are missing out on if that is all we engage with as families. In fact, there is a hugely significant role here for Children’s Ministry to play in resourcing the lives of families and communities through the week.
Just as D-Groups aren’t a replacement for corporate worship, neither is anything we do with in a children’s ministry a replacement for a parent leading their family. Discipling your children is not the responsibility of the Children’s Pastor.