Welcome to Children’s Ministries
Welcome to the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Children’s Ministries website. Our department strives to help churches address the needs of their children, the volunteers who lead them in the various areas of children’s ministries, and to provide timely resources for the parents of these children.
It is the mission of the Children’s Ministries of the South Central Conference to help nurture children and volunteers into a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love, grace and faith of His second (2nd) coming.
To empower all volunteers by informing, resourcing and encouraging them to be intentional in their ministry to children and to develop ministries that will provide and support children spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Our Children (Ages birth – about 8th Grade)
Children’s Ministries is close to the heart of God. Sis. White’s writings reminds us that Jesus lovingly watch children as they played. I can imagine that like us, He was amazed as they interacted with each other. He noticed how most children can be so loving and accommodating of each other and so accepting of their circumstances. He knows how important it is for a child, whose heart and mind are while still so impressionable, to begin to understand and accept the awesomeness of Jesus’ love and salvation.
There were several times while Jesus was on earth that He reminded us how important it is to minister to His children. In Mark 10: 13-15, He told His disciples to let the little children come to Him, for the kingdom of God also belongs to them. He was reprimanding them to not get in a child’s way of salvation. He was also saying that parents, (His disciples) as well as the church, (comprising of His disciples) has been commissioned to evangelize and to nurture their spiritual growth.
In Matthew 18: 5, Jesus tells the disciples that whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
In his book “Transforming Children into Spiritual Beings”, George Barna states that the greatest window of opportunity for a child to accept Christ is between 5 -12 years of age. In other words, if people do not embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior before they reach their teenage years, the chance of their doing so at all is slim.