Many people are familiar with Children Desiring God primarily for our curriculum. But before there ever was any curriculum, there was a vision—a vision for spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. Therefore, this vision is the “big thing”—the curriculum simply exists as a tool toward the vision. This is why we encourage people to know and understand the vision before using the curriculum.
How can you, other parents, and your church become better acquainted with the vision? Consider hosting a “Getting Acquainted With a God-Centered Vision for the Next Generation” informational meeting at your home or church using this free three-part series by David and Sally Michael. Here is a summary of each 75-minute video:
- “A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation” explores the difference that intentional vision has on ministry, as well as the definition of and biblical basis for “God-centeredness.”
- “A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation” examines the place that the Bible has in children’s ministry, and outlines the essential pieces of a ministry that teaches children the whole counsel of God.
- “A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation” emphasizes the urgent call to teachers and parents to encourage faith in the next generation, through biblical teaching of the Word, recognizing that faith is a work of God in the heart.
We recommend using one video per meeting in order to allow time for follow-up discussion. Also remember to download the helpful handouts that accompany each presentation, available here.