The decision to follow Christ is the most important decision a person can make. As parents, one of the greatest opportunities you have is to lead your child into a relationship with Christ. Learning how to help them is one of the most important skills you can develop. This skill includes knowing how and when to talk to your child.
Children arrive at the point of salvation at different ages. For some, it may be as early as first grade, while others may wait until their teenage years. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 reminds us parents are the primary teachers of their children. When a child is beginning to ask questions about becoming a Christian, do not run from it or be afraid to have conversations with them about it. There are some very simple questions you can ask them to begin healthy discussions about this significant time in their life.
Questions to Ask
- What is sin?
- What are some of my sins?
- Who is Jesus?
- What did He do?
- Why did Jesus come to Earth?
- Why do you think you should become a Christian?
- How can you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord?
- Why do you think we get baptized?
When you think your child is ready, don’t be afraid to pray with them as they give their lives to Christ. We firmly believe this special moment should take place between the parents and their child. Once your child has made a decision and you have led them through it, write down when, where, and how your child became a Christian. This will be a precious keepsake they will treasure forever.
When your child is ready to make their decision public and known to the church, we encourage your child to walk forward and join the church as an official member. We would love to have someone from the Children’s Ministry Team waiting at the front of the church to greet them as they walk forward. Just let us know. Once a decision is made public, we will meet with your child individually and have a conversation with them about their decision. This is a non-threatening meeting, and we intentionally keep it very casual in feel. Once the meeting is complete, we will walk your child through the baptism process, including showing the baptistry so they can feel comfortable with the entire process.
Becoming a Christian is the single most important event in the life of your child. Leading your child through it is one of the greatest blessings you will ever receive. We are here to help you and encourage in any way possible. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need any help. When your child surrenders their life to Christ, please let us know so we can join you in celebrating! If you have any questions or need to contact us please do at..... email@example.com or 601.898.2345.