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Teach Kids to Fall in Love with Jesus - Episode 18

Why is it essential that kids fall in love with Jesus? What must be done to ensure children and youth retain their faith as they grow up? How do you teach and disciple young people? These are some of the questions Ben Palacz and Tony Trussoni answer today on Coaching Christian Leaders. Ben Palacz is the Family and Children’s Discipleship Pastor at Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia . Tony Trussoni is the Student and Family Pastor at Faith Family Church in Finksburg, Maryland . These men are also the creators and hosts of The Theological Family Ministry Podcast . Both of these men share their expertise in family ministry. They Share How they ended up in Family Ministry – 1:00 How to define Family Ministry – 3:20 How to connect with the parents – 5:00 Ensuring faith retention – 6:20 How family ministry can reach different ages – 7:40 Why Christ must capture their hearts – 10:00 Should children ministry be separated from adult ministry – 11:30 The role of the Sen

The Call to Equip

Ephesians 4:11-12 is straightforward. Church leaders are “ to equip the saints for the work of ministry... ”  And this equipping has its own purpose – to build the body of Christ.  The intent of this equipping, "building up the body of Christ," is not to grow the church numerically. Rather it is to build the church up in the " unity of faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ ." See verse 4:13 I recently asked my Lutheran friend, "What are the various parts of a church?" He answered with terms like nave and narthex. What I meant to ask was, “What makes up a church?" or, "What are the facets of a church?” A church is not primarily a building. It is a group of people who have come together to worship Jesus Christ. God then creates offices and gives gifts to believers. Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12  I believe these offices and gifts are lived out in the church as discipleship, service, worship, leadership, and outreac