This Sunday night I will meet with one of our small groups. They call themselves the MOB— Members of the Body (the body of Christ, which is the church). I love that name, because implied is our relationship to Christ and his church. I think they are doing a lot of things right!
Our purpose will be to discuss the children’s ministry, particularly what goes on at church on Sunday mornings. As their families grow, they recognize the vital role the church plays in teaching their children about Jesus. They also are accepting the role they play as Christian parents.
Together we want to make the Sunday morning experience at Mt. Carmel as rewarding as possible, especially for our kids. It should be a place where the story of Jesus comes alive in their minds and hearts. It should be a place where the children want to be and that they don’t want to miss.
According to Theresa Latini’s new book, The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry, a maturing, well-developed group is guided by a mission statement, supported by leadership training, and embedded within the congregation’s mission. In other words, its identity is tied directly to the church. They are “members of the body!”
Here are just a few characteristics Latini identifies in well-developed small groups and I that I am proud to say that I see in the M.O.B. (in boldface):
- They practice communion with a personal God. (growing number participating in Sunday morning worship)
- They support wider involvement in the congregation. (volunteering in children/student ministries)
- They enhance the congregation’s ministry of care. (ministering to young families in crisis, leading in VBS, MissionCP, etc…)
- They provide intimacy, friendship, and family. (functioning as communities, especially in times of crisis.)
I’m eager to hear what the MOB is thinking and dreaming about Sundays at Mt. Carmel—especially for children.
Question: What do you think Sunday mornings should look like for children at Mt. Carmel?