What is Covenant Discipleship with Children?

by Melanie C. Gordon

Jesus gives us the Great Commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”(Mark 12.30-31, CEB)

Covenant Discipleship is disciple-shaping process that offers children the opportunity to use their experiences in school, in church, at home, and in the community, discovering ways to “love God and neighbor” through specific acts. Covenant Discipleship forms a rule of life for all of us, especially for our children. The best definition of a rule of life comes from Marjorie Thompson, author of Soul Feast: “A rule of life is a pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. . . It fosters gifts of the Spirit in personal life and human community, helping to form us into the persons God intends us to be” (Westminster John Knox, 1995, p. 138).

 

Covenant Discipleship is for 3rd-6th Graders who
Want to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ
Want to know how to show love for God and other people
Want to spend time with others who are growing in faith
Are ready to commit time to serving those in need
 

Children and Adult Guides Practice
Acts of Devotion (listening and relating to God)
Acts of Worship (praising God with others)
Acts of Compassion (loving others)
Acts of Justice (serving in our world)

Growing Everyday Disciples: Covenant Discipleship with Children is available at the Upper Room online book store. Order a copy today.

Categories: Discipleship, Covenant Discipleship for Children, Covenant Discipleship Basics

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