Neil Cole writes,

Many years ago, prior to any child labor laws, in an attempt to empower, evangelize and educate children being used in coalmines John Wesley began what is now known as Sunday School. Prior to this, there was no separation of congregants based upon age.

Today, we can’t seem to cope without it. We now feel that the only way children can truly be taught is when they are separated from all others but kids their own age. Why is that? Does life itself also follow such a compartmentalized fashion? Of course not. In fact, the truth is that children learn more at home with their whole family than in school with their peers. Perhaps we can begin to see better learning, of both child and adult, if we do not separate according to age.

Read more….  HT to David Fitch


2 Comments on what about kids?

  1. Pedro says:

    Wow. Thanxs. This post made me think. My wife and I have a 8 month baby. We are youth pastors in Lima, Peru…anyways, I never thought in this way about raising kids, but I enjoyed this point of view.
    Greetings from southamerica

    Pedro Infantas

  2. […] What About Kids In Organic Church? (via NextReformation and ReclaimingTheMission) – Upon closer reading this article wasn’t as impressive as I first thought. “…the truth is that children learn more at home with their whole family than in school with their peers…” – no, not in my experience or understanding. There’s a presumptive tone in the article that I didn’t like. But, the important insight as you wade through the examples appears to be that kids do learn an aweful lot from the example of parents and other key adults (which we all know) but that most formal Sunday School programmes sometimes don’t reflect upon real world ministry experiences or engage kids in them (which is a valuable insight). A growing trend I’m seeing is parents taking their kids along to ministry and mission contexts so they see what it is the adults do in service. That can happen regardless of the eclessial model people are pushing. […]