Growing – Acts 2:41-47; my goal as your Family Minister is to see you grow. Growing is reached when we devote ourselves to teaching, fellowship, communing, and prayer. I will teach you the Word of God, while providing you an environment where you will be able to openly fellowship, commune, and pray for one another’s needs.
Encouraging – Matthew 8:5-13; my job as your Family Minister is to provide you with the opportunities to try. In trying I am to help you by encouraging you to keep on trying and to boldly stand for you faith. These verses share the faith of a man who encouraged the lives of many by being willing to try and save the life of his servant.
And – Luke 9:23; the word “and” in this verse joins together the basic things we must do if we want to go and be with Jesus. We must be willing to deny ourselves “and” take up your cross daily “and” follow Jesus.” So, I use the word “and” here to let you know I am not ok with just encouraging and watching you grow.
Reaching – Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; guess what we are all in the same boat. We are all sinners. We all fall short. Just because my job title says Family Minister doesn’t mean that I am special or different. I, like you, face death because of my sin. But, here is the cool part, God’s gift to those who believe in Christ Jesus as their Lord is eternal life. Jesus took the place of our death. As your Family Minister I will never cease at sharing this message of hope.
Students – Matthew 28:19-20; GEARS is about reaching and making disciples. It’s about going wherever the Lord leads us to do His work. As your Family Minister you can count on me using every activity, lesson, and time together to observe what Jesus has commanded us to do. But it goes one step further as it reminds you that He is here for you and likewise as your Family Minister I am here whenever you need me.
- IT’S FUN! Students need to know Bible study and church can be FUN! GEARS gives them solid Biblical truths in a fun and creative way.
- THEY WANT IT!!!
Children want and demand quality, creativity, and the cutting edge. GEARS gives it to them. Facts are facts and will not disappear. Today’s kids demand the facts, but packaged in a way that draws them in and holds them there.
- TO MEET NEEDS!
It is a fact that 70% of the children we see today will leave church and never return by the time they graduate. It is a fact that in an average week a children’s minister sees a child 2-4 hours a week. Which means that in the 8 years a children’s minister only has about 70 days to make a difference in a child age 3 to 5th Grade. GEARS helps us to make the most of that time.
- IT FULFILLS THE GREAT COMMISSION!
Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”. The key word is “GO”. GEARS believes in a 4G approach to ministry. GET on your mark, GET set, and GO, for GOD! We want children to be ready to GO out into the world and make disciples. GEARS shares the TRUTH, PREPARES THE WAY, RUNS with THEM, and all for GOD’S GLORY.
One child awake can waken another
The second can waken his next door’s brother
Three children awake can rouse the town
And turn the whole place upside down
Four children awake can cause a fuss
They’ll awaken the rest of us.