The mission of Plano Bible Chapel is leading all children and their families to a life changing, ever growing relationship with JESUS.
“People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13–16)
Children are of special significance to God. So it’s our intentional strategy to employ a long-term, multi-pronged strategy lead children, students, and their families to a personal relationship with Jesus by faith and encourage them to walk with Him in faithfulness. PBC utilizes outreach events, community service, AWANA Clubs, Sunday Morning Children’s ministries, Wyldlife Clubs, Wednesday night student ministries, Mission Trips, Retreats, Conferences, Camps, parent training and much more to accomplish our mission and vision of equipping parents and encouraging kids to follow Christ.
The Significance of Reaching Families with Children
- Children are uniquely special to God, so we should believe we should be as creative as possible to point them to God as often as possible (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
- God has commanded us to teach our children about Him so that future generations – even children yet to be born – might know Him, put their trust in Him, and follow Him. (Psalm 78:5-7).
- It seems that most people make decisions about Jesus – either wholeheartedly follow, merely acknowledge, ignore, or reject Him – while they are young, so it’s crucial that we reach people while they are still young.
- As we love children and student appropriately and biblically, the hearts of parents, grandparents or guardians are often softened to the ministries of the Church and, most importantly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Reaching People When They’re Young
A person’s moral foundations are generally in place by the time they reach age nine. While those foundations are refined and the application of those foundations may shift to some extent as the individual ages, their fundamental perspectives on truth, integrity, meaning, justice, morality, and ethics are formed quite early in life. After their first decade, most people simply refine their views as they age without a wholesale change in those leanings.
A person’s response to the meaning and personal value of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection is usually determined before a person reaches eighteen. In fact, a majority of Americans make a lasting determination about the personal significance of Christ’s death and resurrection by age 12. Beliefs about the nature of God, the existence of Satan, the reliability of the Bible, perceptions regarding the after-life, the holiness of Jesus Christ, the means of gaining God’s favor, and the influence of spiritual forces in a person’s life.
In essence, what a person believes by the time they are 13 is what you will die believing. Of course, there are many exceptions and the divine working of God’s Holy Spirit but, most people’s minds are made up and they believe they know what they need to know spiritually by age 13. Their focus in absorbing religious teaching after that age is to gain reassurance and confirmation of their existing beliefs rather than to glean new insights that will redefine their foundations.
Families and Churches Working Together
Citing research showing that a large proportion of church-going people dropout of church between the ages of 18 and 24, Barna Research underscored the importance of families, not churches, taking the lead in the spiritual development of children.
“In situations where children became mature Christians we usually found a symbiotic partnership between their parents and their church,” he pointed out. “The church encouraged parents to prioritize the spiritual development of their children and worked hard to equip them for that challenge. Parents, for their part, raised their children in the context of a faith-based community that provided security, belonging, spiritual and moral education, and accountability. Neither the parents nor the church could have done it alone.”
Plano Bible Chapel Children’s Ministries
- Sunday Morning Sunday school
- Sunday Morning Children’s Church
- Kids’ Choir
- AWANA Clubs
- Vacation Bible School
- Special Events
- Supporting Local Schools
The most important resource of PBC Children’s Ministry, however, is prayer for children, students, and parents as the most effective ministries to children and their families.