Stewardship Campaign – And Our Youth
By Molly Stevenson
Posted August 26, 2013
Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
That’s our responsibility as a church family. At each baptism, we are asked “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?” And we answer a resounding “We will”.
All in our power . . . that’s a tall request and can mean many things. The least of which is NOT financial support. That is actually something that IS in our power. Not only are our children the future of the church, but they are the church today along with us. We need to be responsible for providing them with the programs and attention they deserve to be trained in the right way. Today’s reality requires both parents to work outside the home affording little to no free time for volunteering . . . even for something as important as providing programming for our youth. The reality is we need a youth coordinator/minister which will require funding. I really hate to compare us to others, but the truth is, the churches that have paid staff for youth programs have stronger programs. There is NO DOUBT that our Christ Church kids are THE BEST, BAR NONE. Imagine how much more they could accomplish, and how much greater an impact they can have among their peers and in our community if there was someone whose focus and job was to organize opportunities for them and their friends.
In addition to providing funds for a paid youth coordinator, it’s my opinion that we should have funds enough in our budget to be able to have a blanket policy that NO CHILD shall ever have to miss a youth event at Honey Creek for financial reasons. There are several churches within our diocese that have this policy, and we should follow them and be an example to others.
Remember, Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”