Guidelines for Discipling Children

A student is baptized at the first baptismal service at Church at the Well, a church plant led by South Carolina native Joe Polson.

We believe in the vital roles of parents and teachers in laying the foundations for salvation and spiritual transformation in the lives of young people. 

The Generations Group of SCBaptist seeks to connect people of all ages to God’s Word, leading them to know Christ and grow in a meaningful relationship with Him. To achieve this, they developed the Discipleship Dashboard, a comprehensive framework designed to guide children, students, and adults to fully understand, be transformed by, and apply biblical principles as they become dedicated followers of Christ. The following material is adapted from the Discipleship Dashboard.

Principles of Discipleship:

  1. Scripture as Authority: The Bible is the ultimate guide by which everything is taught in Bible study and in the development of all teaching practices. 
  2. Parents as Primary Spiritual Teachers: The primary responsibility of spiritual instruction belongs to the parents of students. The church will support the parents as spiritual leaders by equipping them and teaching their children. The Holy Spirit works through all teachers as they share biblical truth and live out their faith. 
  3. Active Student Learning: When working with students, consider the age, needs, and interests of the child in determining how to approach and develop Bible content. No matter the age, ability, or previous experience, Bible study resources must engage the head, the heart, and the hands of the student to create life-changing experiences. 
  4. Teachers as Guides: The teacher is a guide in student learning and will provide activities that will guide students to learn Biblical content and truths. Teachers will model these truths in the way they live out the Gospel in front of children and parents. 
  5. Disciples Advancing the Kingdom: Every disciple has the opportunity to share the Gospel where they work, live, and go to school. Healthy ministries center around people who are committed to seeing every life saturated and transformed by the hope of the Gospel. 

Guidelines for Discipling Children

  1. Differing Progression: Children will progress at different rates when it comes to spiritual development. Some children may progress faster or slower than others through each developmental stage. 
  2. Adapting to Needs: When teaching or developing resources, leaders may need to adapt the content to meet the needs of the group.
  3. Vocabulary Levels: It is important to remember that children’s vocabulary and level of understanding greatly impacts spiritual growth. Small steps in how Mile Markers are presented are crucial in the overall learning process. 
  4. Allow the Holy Spirit to Work: Have fun, be patient, and allow the Holy Spirit to do His good work!

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