The Children’s Ministries Department exists to develop the faith of children from birth through age fourteen, leading them into union with the church. It seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him, and as such cooperate with the Sabbath School Department other departments to provide religious education to children. MissionThe mission of the Children’s Ministries Department is to nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus. The department seeks to fulfill this mission by developing: Grace-oriented Ministries, in which all children will experience the unconditional love of Jesus, find assurance of acceptance and forgiveness, and make a commitment to Him.
Service-oriented Ministries, in which children are given opportunity for hands-on service to people in their neighborhood or city, thus establishing a pattern of outreach to others that may well continue through life.
Safe Ministries, whereby churches: (a) choose volunteers with high spiritual and moral backgrounds; (b) adopt safeguards to protect children from physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual abuse, and the church from liability.
“When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all agesto officers of the church, to ministers, helpers, and all Christians. Jesus is drawing the children, and He bids us, Suffer them to come; as if He would say, They will come if you do not hinder them. The Desire of Ages, p. 517.