Central Baptist Lewistown hosts
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Five Day Clubs
Central Baptist Church hosted our first ever Child Evangelism Fellowship “Five Day Club” summer outreach in July. Because we did our VBS at the beginning of the summer in early June, we decided this summer would be the perfect opportunity to invite Dave Howe and a team of young people to come and help us reach our community for Christ.
The process started when I met with Dave at last year’s MPACT meetings. We talked and I asked him to come and present the outreach opportunity. He came and explained the program and we set a date. We then asked him to come again to train our children’s workers on CEF’s method of sharing Christ with Children and to share with our teens the opportunity to serve as summer missionaries with CEF. Dave conducted both of these events at no charge to our church. The training was excellent and the mission opportunity was well received. While we did not recruit any young people for this summer, next summer has some real possibilities.
Our responsibility included hosting the volunteers in homes and securing two parks or open space public areas to conduct the clubs. We also canvassed the nearby neighborhoods a few days before the event inviting all kids to come. They also require that the local church provide some folks from our church family to assist so as to make sure we have a local connection with the kids to do follow-up.
The clubs were held for five days, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Dave brought a well-trained team of four students to help lead the clubs. They did an awesome job. We registered 35 kids ages 5-12. The clubs go for 90 minutes and are fast moving, including some great games, songs, memory verses, bible lessons and always a clear presentation of, and invitation to, the gospel. The clubs are provided free to all families. On Friday, we hosted a family night rally where we held a 30 minute program and again shared the gospel, followed by a meal and some fun. I strongly encourage churches looking for an inexpensive and effective way to reach families in your community to give Dave Howe a call at 406-595-1038 or check it out at www.cefonline.com.
Written by: Pastor Frank Burns
Three solid reasons to focus ministry toward children!
The 4-14 window
Statistics show that 70-80% of those who receive Jesus as savior do so in 4-14 age group. If you had a business and could identify the people group that would give you the most success, where would you focus your attention?
It is an understood fact that generally speaking, most people today form their worldview by the age of 13. This should give us a sense of urgency to fully train and equip children to help them have a Biblical worldview!
To be saved from a lifestyle of sin!
Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is made up of “childlike” people and that it takes a “childlike faith” to enter the Kingdom of God. I believe a big part of God’s plan is for salvation to come at an early age so the individual can be saved from a lifestyle of sin and be able to live a full godly life! It is a powerful testimony to know that we can be saved “out of” a lifestyle of sin at any age. Yet consider the hope and impact a life lived for God from childhood can have! Think about living a life without all the baggage from a lifestyle of sin.
Statistics show that a minimum of 60% of teens leave the faith after leaving home. 80% of people in general leave the church after age 29. Only 9% of adults have a Biblical worldview!
Knowing all this plus the fact the majority of those who receive Jesus as savior are children and a big part of God’s plan is for His people to not have to be saved out of a lifestyle of sin but from a lifestyle of sin, should it not direct the church today to prioritize and intentionally focus ministry toward children?