The essential elements for having faith

‘Children possess naturally the essential elements for having faith. The Kingdom of God is first perceived in the world children know best. Children, therefore, have as much to offer adults as adults have to offer children – perhaps more’. – John H. Westerhoff III, Bringing Up Children in the Christian Faith.


  1. That is a great quote, and echos what I’ve intuitively felt about the gospel–that the parts that matter are what the kids get and everything else is probably idle chatter. Since Jesus said we have to be like little children, I figure kids have got one up on adults since they already are little children. Our church is currently addressing the direction and vision for our kids. We’re a small United Methodist congregation with around 8 or 9 kids under the age of 5. One of the other moms, the pastor and I have been reading Ivy Beckwith’s book on Postmodern Children’s Ministry and really feel that kids have a lot to contribute to the congregation. We would like to include them as much as possible in corporate worship, but aren’t sure how to go about it. I do believe, though, that God speaks through kids much more than we’re willing to pay attention to.


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