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Children can lead the church's mission ministry

11 Apr 2016 1:02 PM | Victoria Rebeck (Administrator)

"It really frustrates me when people say, 'Kids can't help,'" says a boy at Silver Spring (Maryland) United Methodist Church

This church has developed a "mission mania" program explicitly to nurture in children a discipleship that entails caring for neighbors, especially neighbors in need. Children have taken the lead in this.

One boy learned that people in the city needed shoes. When he suggested that he lead the church in collecting shoes, the pastor recommended that they wait. He responded, "People can't wait"--convincing the pastor to let him start the drive right away.

Discipleship is both love of God and love of neighbor. Watch this inspiring video about how children are leading mission at Silver Spring UMC. 

And share it with the faith-formation leaders in your church . . . it might give them ideas!


  • 12 Apr 2016 1:49 PM | Scott Hughes (Administrator)
    Thanks for posting Victoria!
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  • 22 Aug 2017 10:26 AM | Marie Matthews
    The shoe drive was for kids in Africa and it was the Director of Christian Education, not the Pastor, who was convinced.

    The DCE is Marie Matthews. She is a long time CEF member and Co-President of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Chapter in Maryland.
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