Where does coaching fit in with our discipleship programs?
What we aim to teach, we teach for the Glory of God. Children must understand that they are in the foundation stages of their lives. They are like athletes who have just started running and need to establish a suitable pace and create momentum. They must run according to the rules so that they will get their prize, and as they run they must run for the purpose of glorifying their Father in heaven (2 Cor. 3:18).
“Jesus grew in both wisdom and stature, gaining both favour with God and other people” (Luke 2:52). We believe that our children should grow in these four areas:
Grow in wisdom (Prov. 2:1-5).
Grow in stature (1 Cor. 3:16-17).
Grow in favour with God (Jer. 29:11).
Grow in favour with others (Josh. 1-9).
God wants us to grow up like Christ in everything (Eph. 4:15). Our heavenly Father’s goal is for us to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ. Spiritual growth is not automatic, but it takes intentional commitment.
“It is at the point of commitment that we miss God’s purpose for our lives. Many of us decide to drift through life and others make half-hearted commitments to competing values that lead to frustration and mediocrity. Others commit to worldly goals such as riches or being famous that lead to disappointments and bitterness” (Rick Warren).
Discipleships starts here, to stand up and follow Christ.
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth” (Ps. 127:4, NKJV).
Our intention is to be expert archers as we point the children in the right direction and hit the bull’s eye for the Kingdom and the Glory of the Lord. We want children who grow in Godly character and become lifelong disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We want kids to know, love and serve God.
In life, our commitments can make us or destroy us, but either way they will define us. If we are serious about training up our children in the ways they should go, doesn’t it make sense to teach them from a young age to set achievable goals and overcome disappointments at the same time as you teach them to develop God-honouring routines and habits? Therefore, coaching life skills that intentionally and purposefully help a child commit to a life lived for Christ, standing up for what he/she believes, holding firm to values and not giving in to peer pressure or worldly standards are essential elements in the disciple-making process.
The Bible says that “we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose”. Work in us, is God’s role, work out is our responsibility and it is our responsibility as teachers and coaches to help children discover how to do this. A talent is something that you are born with that gives rise to your unique skills and abilities. Talent is set apart from knowledge in that it is not a learned characteristic, although it can be strengthened and practiced.
The Bible tells us that we are all born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a full life! Our loving Lord wants us to feel whole and complete, and it is through talents that we can find our unique calling in life! (Prov. 22:29)
Standing firm on God’s word and in the power of the Holy Spirit, and presenting both our discipleship program and the “Adventures in Wisdom” life coaching program for kids, we can maximize our effectiveness in our ministry to our children. Combining these programs, kids will learn critical life skills for developing strong self-esteem and powerful self-confidence; overcoming challenges such as fear, disappointment, and change; and learning how to create vision for their lives, achieve their goals, and use Law of Attraction tools to manifest their dreams. Do you see a man (your child) diligent and skilful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men (Proverbs 22:29, AMP).
Grow for Glory is always about fun, but fun with a purpose. We are committed to excitement and excellence, everything we do is to make a lasting impression on the young hearts God has entrusted to us. This program is no different. It is designed to be easy, fun, and to create action! A life driven by purpose and passion, a life lived for God.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10–11, ESV).
Behind everything we do there is a thought (Rick Warren). Every behaviour is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. Be carful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts (Prov. 4:23). There must be a spirit of renewal in our thoughts and our actions. Christianity is not just creeds and convictions, it includes conduct and character. Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a life style. Rick points out that the core of a Christ-like character is thinking of others. It is the heart of Christlikeness and the best evidence of spiritual growth. This kind of thinking is counter-cultural, rare and difficult. But God has given us His Spirit so that we can think differently from the world (1 Cor. 2:12).