One of the biblical definitions and descriptions of the church is of a family. The church is God’s family. It is made for his children who by nature of their relationship with his Son are spiritual siblings and joint-heirs of the promises of God. As a family, we minister to families with family responsibilities. Those responsibilities include the physical and spiritual watch-care and protection of every member. The children within the family receive the same protection and attentiveness as every other member. They are viewed as God’s gifts and our heritage. As such, Lakewood takes seriously its stewardship of children. We recognize the following principles:
Sufficiency of Scripture
The scriptures are the means in which God reveals himself to mankind. They can be understood through the simple faith of a child. They provide a knowledge of salvation, produce godly wisdom, and offer a coherent worldview which corresponds to God’s reality. As such LBC will 1.) teach the scriptures expositionally to children, 2) teach the scriptures comprehensively to children, 3.) teach the scriptures understandably to children, and 4.) teach the scriptures authoritatively to children.
When ministry is done with excellence it communicates to all who participate that they are valued and the ministry is important. Since the teaching of God’s Word to children is precious, it is to be done with excellence. As leaders prepare and execute with excellence, children will treasure the time. As such LBC prioritizes the instruction of children by providing resources of all kinds for successful ministry.
God forms the church with individuals who possess varying gifts, abilities, and desires. These abilities are to be utilized for the work of the ministry and the growth of the members. The task of leadership is to identify, equip, and appreciate those who serve. LBC selects individuals to serve in children’s ministry who are committed to biblical truth and gifted for specific tasks. It will provide training and accountability while expressing appreciation for those who serve.
Since children are both priceless treasures and defenseless beings, their safety is of vital. LBC will seek to conduct its children’s ministry in a manner that provides protection from internal and external threats to their safety. This will include necessary background checks for workers, facility security, and internal practices that prioritize safety first.