Children Are Valuable – A Biblical Foundation
Within the Presbyterian Church of Queensland (PCQ) we are pursuing Christian Leadership. We value children primarily because we are informed by our faith in Jesus Christ and the sacrificial love he displays for all people. Each person is created in the image of God and has intrinsic worth and value; children are no exception to this and in fact require even more care because of their vulnerability. Both Old and New Testaments instruct parents to nurture children and view them as a blessing from God. Jesus exhibits his value and care of children by welcoming them and honouring them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
This gives us a foundation for how we are to treat the children under our care. Our leadership is informed by the following Christ-centred values:
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Please take time to further understand and explore this biblical foundation with your Ministry Coordinator or Minister.
For those leading our ministries to children, it is expected they would be:
Committed to Christ
Leadership within the PCQ is a significant and serious responsibility. It is a role that supports the efforts of parents to nurture their children in the Christian faith. As such,
- We expect leaders will have a committed, growing relationship with Jesus demonstrated in their beliefs, conduct, life and teaching.
- We expect anyone involved in PCQ Children’s Ministry to uphold the PCQ Code of Conduct.
Committed to Safety
Keeping children safe is a natural and logical outworking of our commitment to Christ. Parents and guardians entrust their children to us and the programs we run, and so we are committed to keeping children safe while we care for them. PresSafe Training specifically examines this aspect of leadership and helps you better understand your role in keeping children safe.