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The Church Planter's Children

  • Jim Townsley
  • May 11, 2015
Church planting creates a wonderful environment for rearing children to serve the Lord. The next generation of Christian servants can come from various kinds of backgrounds and homes, but no home is more conducive to train future leaders than that of the church planter. Children can turn out good or bad from any environment depending on the commitment of the parents and the working of God in the children's lives. But the home of a church planter offers a unique opportunity for rearing children to have a heart for ministry.
In general, children can be greatly influenced by the occupation of their parents. Growing up on a farm was not something I chose, it was what my parents chose and I went along with what they chose. My parents were farmers and that meant I was a farmer and I had no choice in the matter. Yet, growing up on the farm influenced my life. I learned to work hard and help neighbors and often I learned the disappointments that come along with the occupation. It never really crossed my mind whether or not we were making money. Farming just became something and I did and loved. Likewise starting a church can become the love of children growing up in such a home.
Children should recognize and embrace the idea of starting a church. They should be included in all the aspects of the ministry. Not only attending the services, but accepting the responsibility of setting up the chairs, distributing the songbooks, and participating in the service as an usher, pianist, or teacher. Because they are involved they will learn to love what they do. If the preacher allows his children to just tag along and endure the services and never participate, the possibility of them surrendering to the ministry will be greatly diminished.
It is not the place of the pastor or his wife to call their children or pressure them into the ministry, however it is the parent's job to prepare and train them so that if God chooses to call them they are prepared to serve. There are many things parents can do to train their children. Provide them with music lessons so that they have a gift that can be used in the church service. Take them with you on visitation. Take them with you and use them to help clean the church and get it ready for the Lord's day. Teach them how to meet and greet new visitors. As they are able, teach them how to construct a new building or how to prepare a supper for a fellowship. If they are musically gifted use them in the service to sing or play. Don't be afraid to share the challenges of the ministry and to also show the mighty power of God to answer prayer and meet their needs.
In other words they are a church planter just like I was a farmer. Never fear to encourage them to give their lives to the Lord. It may be difficult when they grow up and God calls them away to become a missionary or church planter, however it is rewarding to know they are being used and that they are in the will of God. More families should be willing to give their children to the Lord and pray for God to use them. "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." -- Psalm 127:3-5. Children are a wonderful blessing to the church planter. Make the effort to include them in the ministry. Someday they may replace you and carry on the work you started.