As summer draws to a close, and the school year is about to begin, our minds turn to Good News Clubs® and how many children we hope to lead to Christ this school year. But we will not have much of a harvest if we do not prepare ourselves. After all, Jesus did not only tell us to preach the Gospel to every creature. He told us to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV.
If you have ever wondered why we don’t see our churches growing with new converts, you may have excused yourself by saying something like, “only the Lord can send revival.” But Jesus already sent US to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and teach obedience. If we are not doing it, it’s a terrible thing to throw God under the bus like that. Especially when He has given us the opportunity to go with the obligation we have to spread God’s Word!
Last year there were over 600 children enrolled in after school Good News Clubs in 11 public schools! Children hear the Gospel explained in their level, and receive Jesus as their Savior right after school, in their school!
A disciple is defined as a devotee, a learner, and a supporter. And our devotion should be something the world can see! Our learning should result in a changed life! And our support should be producing more ministry, not looking for ways to reduce effort.
We have the opportunity to change the lives of children BEFORE the world ruins them! There are methods and ministries that produce fruit, if we are willing to learn! And you can support this ministry that is making a difference right here in Citrus and Hernando counties! And we are obligated by Jesus’ command to do so.
There is an important children’s ministry conference taking place in your area on August 27th! Click on the events tab above and make plans to be there! Obedience to God does not happen by accident.
From time to time I hear a concerned adult saying things like, “Our kids grow up and move away because there’s nothing to do here!” or, “There are no jobs and no point in getting an education, so they get involved with drugs!”
Although it seems like people are stating the obvious, it actually reveals a terrible lack of vision and knowledge. And God tells us that His people perish for lack of vision (Proverbs 29:18) and a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you should already know that He has given us all something to do. He commanded us to share the Gospel and make disciples, yet it is one of the great undone jobs of our nation. And it’s something that our youth could do if we believed they were capable and encouraged them, instead of steering them into the same materialistic trap that our generation fell into. Although it is important to get an education and be able to make a living, we seem to be forgetting the purpose for doing it. And if we have forgotten it, we are also not passing that on.
My wife and I moved to this area because there was an important job that needed to be done: reaching the next generation of children with the knowledge of God that they are currently not getting. Paul said he made it his ambition to preach the Gospel where Christ was not known (Romans: 15:20), and children are America’s unreached people group.
We have over 150 volunteers working in this ministry, but very few of them are under 50. Last summer we were able to attract only 3 local teenagers to be summer missionaries. They had a great time learning to share the Gospel with children, putting on 5 Day Clubs, and having an impact on the children in their own community. But most kids their age were either working, hanging out with their friends, or otherwise whiling away their time until they get out of school and move away from home.
There is so much ministry that needs to be done here where you live! The need is so great! There is still time for your youth to sign up to go to Christian Youth in Action® (CYIA) this June and learn to work as part of a team that changes the future of children right here in their own community. Yes, there is a cost, but it is not as expensive as being aimless and having no vision for your own obedience to God. Click on the CYIA tab on this web site for more information.
The Grade Shepherd mayor may not ever teach the Bible lesson or lead the music, but they are integral to our work as we disciple the young believers.
It is the grade shepherd who spends the quality time with the children: asking how they are doing, taking their prayer requests, praying for their special needs, and sometimes even having the honor of leading them to Christ. It may be the kindness of a grade shepherd who leads them to repentance during the course of the school year.
Like all Good News Club volunteers, all grade shepherds are expected to attend an all day training that includes how to lead a child to Christ.. This not only comes in handy in a Good News Club, but this skill works in other places as well, like Sunday School, AWANA class, your living room, or at the park.
For many children, the grade shepherd gives them the only pastoral care they get in their lives. This is partly because so many of these children don’t even go to church. The other is that a Sunday School teacher can only minister to so many kids in the time they have. In our Good News Clubs, we have a better than 5:1 volunteer to student ratio, which gives more children individual attention about the most important thing in their lives: the condition of their souls.
The Lord who said, “Feed my lambs,” is calling us to do just that. \0/