What to Teach Children and Why

hungry babyBook: Redefining Children's Ministry in the 21st Century
Author: Becky Fischer
Chapter 2: What to Teach Children and Why

Premise of the Book: We have a crisis in the modern and postmodern church concerning ministry to children. According to George Barna, 70% of the children we have raised in church will leave the church as young adults.

Chapter 2 – What to Teach Children and Why
Becky Fischer agrees that the Sunday School curriculums produced for churches today are much better than in years past. Many publishers are now addressing moral, relational, and social issues. However, she believes that despite our advances in the curriculum, what's really needed in a Children's Ministry, and what children are *really hungry* for, is a true encounter with the Living God.

She reflects on Psalms 103:7 which talks about how Moses was revealed the Ways of God. Likewise, children must be taught *how* they can interact with the Most High God and become daily participants in His glory and power. In order to achieve this goal, we must rethink the topics we teach our children.

Many conventional Sunday School curriculums will simply tell the Bible stories in such a way that children will only learn about God. However, we should not be content with helping children *know about God*; we need teaching topics that help children to *know God* personally and intimately.

Will our children turn the world upside down if their spiritual diet never moves beyond VeggieTales?