Children and Family

If we don’t reach children, we lose half of the world—and all of the world’s future.

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Of the more than 2 billion children in the world, most are unreached. There is great need for intentional focus on long-term discipleship to help children understand the big picture of the Bible and their part in God’s big story.

Children and young people are the Church of today, not merely of tomorrow. Young people have great potential as active agents in God’s mission. They represent an enormous under-used pool of influencers with sensitivity to the voice of God and a willingness to respond to him. We rejoice in the excellent ministries that serve among and with children, and long for such work to be multiplied since the need is so great. As we see in the Bible, God can and does use children and young people – their prayers, their insights, their words, their initiatives – in changing hearts. They represent ‘new energy’ to transform the world. Let us listen and not stifle their childlike spirituality with our adult rationalistic approaches. The Cape Town Commitment II-D-5

As members of a local church body—comprised of pastors, church members, children’s workers, school teachers, grandparents, parents, youth, and children—what can we do to help children become growing, active disciples of Jesus for a lifetime?

The Lausanne Children and Family Network is committed to connecting children’s leaders and influencers with ideas, resources, and each other in order to see children everywhere walk with Jesus:

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