Ensuring MCK children have qualified teachers, pastors and a 14 years curriculum by 2020.
Describe the need affecting community
Childhood years are the years of greatest opportunity for the gospel, few teachers and pastors are volunteering themselves to this important ministry for it requires special skills, love for children, patience and perseverance. Those already in the ministry have little or no skills capable of addressing the changes or developments. That are currently taking place all over the world and affecting our children’s faith. Reaching children should be a priority for the church but lack of enough qualified Sunday schools teachers, completely no pastors trained specifically for children ministry is a major problem. The problem is made worse by lack of curriculum. The project seek to ensure MCK children are adequately equipped with qualified teachers and pastors and a 14 year curriculum by 2020.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
The project will train teachers and pastors who are expected to share the acquired knowledge with other pastors and teachers and pass it on to the children in their various churches. The training is expected to bring new ideas and new Sunday school pastors and teachers. Who are well conversant with the dynamics of the current generation to ensure that their training is relevant to the children. That can build strong faith foundation to them as they grow and meet different challenges in life. The project also seeks to develop a curriculum that is updated with the current situations, and with suitable examples to current generation, which is simple and clear to the children for easy understanding.
Describe the primary goal of the project
To recruit among Methodist clergy and lay persons those who have a calling to serve in the children ministry. To train them and strengthen those already in place on best teaching methods that meets the needs of the current generation. To develop a curriculum systematically planned for various levels and with right Christian doctrines and relevant examples suitable for children.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
Churches with growing vibrant children ministry with pastors and teachers intimately involved. Sunday children services becoming a good place for discipleship thus enhancing christian education ministry with a measurable and structured teaching to guide teachers on best skills to apply.