Assimilation—moving people (adults, young people and children) from larger groups to smaller groups.
This is a wake up call to the body of Christ to mobilize, through small groups, an army of the youngest generation, equipped, encouraged, and given the freedom to be all that God has called them to be.
- Every child in ministry
- Every child serving
- Every child being discipled
- Every child winning souls
- Every child receiving and giving
- Every child hearing and doing
- Every child having the small group as priority
How can this transformation take place?
There are three areas we can address in this article.
- The transformation of the hearts and minds of the adults in relation to children is an essential foundation.
As the Biblical responsibility of one generation for another is preached from the pulpit, so there will be a turning once again of the "hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers" Malachi 4:5-6. The result will be a generation of children raised within a community of believers which loves them unconditionally and will equip them "for such a time as this". (see also Psalm 145:4, Matthew 18:1-14, Judges 2:10)
- The transformation of the children's ministry into children's small groups/cells gives the opportunity for every child to be mobilized.
This necessitates those working in children's to understand that they are no longer teachers, but facilitators of their small group of children, to whom they are totally committed. Each children's cell leader needs to be in a small group/cell themselves in order to experience the life they are bringing to the children. During the meeting the adult will take a full part sharing, ministering, receiving ministry, and praying with the children. Each week the format, generally known as the 4 W's will give each small group/cell a good balance in their time together.