Parents and serving ones from throughout Southern California and from as far away as Texas attended a Children’s Work Perfecting Conference on October 15, 2011 in Diamond Bar, California. Although the children’s work may seem only peripherally related to young working saints (since some of us are parents and/or serving ones), according to the conference messages, which were based on Lessons 10—12 of the recently published Raising Up the Next Generation for the Church Life, every saint should be involved with caring for the children.
This is part 1 of a 3-part installment on the messages given at this conference. Each post will include a brief summary followed by the link to each audio message.
Isn’t the children’s service set up just to have some designated serving ones watch my kids so that I can be in the meetings?
The children’s work is not mainly a matter of childcare but of fruit-bearing, and every believer is called by the Lord to bear remaining fruit (John 15:16). Although we may not see the results of our labor with the children as immediately as we might in shepherding a college student, who can prophesy the next day in a meeting, there is in fact no labor more profitable than caring for the children. The most uncomplicated time of people’s life is their childhood, when they are not weighed down and occupied by the cares of this life, a fully developed natural constitution, and worldly distractions. Because of children’s unparalleled receptivity and the length of time remaining in their lives, whatever is deposited in them (positively and negatively) will have a multiplied impact on them as compared to what they receive later in life.
Isn’t the children’s service carried out only by the serving ones and only on the Lord’s day? What does it have to do with me as a parent?
There should be many locations for the children’s work, because every saint should open his home and have a children’s meeting in his home. The meetings can also be held at different times according to the children’s schedule, and we can use different methods to conduct the children’s meetings. The households with children can take the initiative to open their homes and ask their children to invite other children in the neighborhood; by doing so, we will be able to contact other children’s parents and preach the gospel to them and to their relatives. This is the principle of our gospel work; the more people we contact, the better.
Audio of Message 1 (Click to play or right-click and “Save-link as…” to download)