Although every child and young person is different, our research and experience have shown that most people go through the same stages as they become and grow as a Christian…
We’ve identified four stages in the journey that most people follow as they engage with Christianity: Connect, Explore, Respond and Grow.
The Revealing Jesus mission framework provides shaping principles for each stage, but also offers flexibility in expression as we recognise that contexts, and children and young people themselves, vary hugely.
We'll be providing Faith Guides with support and resources for all four stages and for all age-groups.
A relational opportunity with a Christian identity and increasingly deeper explicit Christian content.
Our research has shown that for children and young people to engage with faith and allow it to shape them and the world around them, they need to see how Jesus connects with their world. This stage is relatively light-touch – an opportunity to build relationship with the 95 and to start to introduce the Christian faith. It’s a chance to meet the 95 with activities of common interest, to engage with their world in a relevant and reliable way.
Time to uncover greater understanding from the Bible about Jesus, the Bible itself and the Christian faith.
As the relationship forms between the Faith Guide and the 95, and they begin to show more interest in the Christian faith, this stage is about offering opportunities to learn more together through engaging with the Bible in a place where it’s safe to question, reflect and discover. We’ll be providing resources that help children and young people engage from wherever their start-point is, whether they know the Bible well or have never seen it before.
Further exploration of the Christian faith and a clear invitation to respond to Jesus.
As a result of the exploration, it’s our hope and prayer that the 95 will choose to respond positively to the Jesus they are discovering, whether through a single moment of clarity or, as is more likely for these generations, a gradual realisation over time. This stage offers clear, tangible opportunities for children and young people to respond personally to what they are learning.
A culturally appropriate worshipping community that enables the faith of the 95 to flourish.
Once the 95 have responded in this way, or while they are seriously considering it, they need a time and space, within a supportive Christian community, to grow in their faith and to express it in worship: an environment where the children and young people themselves can be part of determining what worship might look like and what other aspects of community life will help them grow strong as Christians, within a local church context and accountable to its leadership.
Supporting children and young people through these stages forms the very heart of the Revealing Jesus framework.
Pray with us
It is so important that we lift this all up in prayer. Please join us in praying for the 95, and for churches and Faith Guides who will seek to walk alongside them. Pray that through many churches coming together in mission, many children and young people may come to know Jesus and develop a personal vibrant faith in him.
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