I am so blessed to be able to attend the D6 Conference this week. I was asked to be a part of their Social Media Team to help promote the conference, and God has been speaking to my heart through every main session, breakout, and conversation. The message I keep hearing over and over is that we need to disciple kids. There have been many other messages spoken, but that is the one that has continued to stick out to me.

We need to disciple our kids, but effective discipleship is not going to happen from a stage or in a large group setting. 

Relationships are the key to discipling our kids and training them up to be Godly men and women. Eric Metaxas says, “Everyone around you is influenced by you. Everything you do is either leading people toward Jesus or away from Him.” Are we surrounding our kids with the right relationships that are going to lead them to Christ?

3 Key Relationships Kids Need for Discipleship

1. Godly Parents

It all starts in the home. Godly parents (or even one Godly parent) can make a much larger impact on their children than the church can in a couple of hours each week. Robby Gallaty says, “When mom and dad love Jesus it changes everything!” Parents must learn to slow down and be intentional about discipling their kids. 

2. Small Group Leader/Mentor

Kids need a small group leader or adult mentor who is pouring into their lives, praying over their needs, and discipling them. Recently, we have gotten serious about this concept in our kid’s ministry by adding community groups (small groups) into our ministry. We are assigning leaders to specific small groups, and we are already seeing the fruit of the discipleship that is happening in those groups. Kids are learning to trust their small group leaders with their fears, struggles, and prayers.

3. Friends/Peers

Kids can also be discipled and influenced by other kids their age. Kids will listen to their friends or peers more than their parents or other adults in some cases. We can leverage this influence by allowing kids to share in small group settings. I know that a 5th or 6th grader is more likely to listen to what their best friend thinks than to listen to me as their leader. If we guide can kids through conversation to share truths about God’s Word, that will empower them to disciple their friends right now!

What are you doing to create opportunities for discipleship in your kid’s ministry?