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An Invisible Postmodern Pentecostal Church

The fifth element is the terminology and image. The name of our children’s outreach ministry is “The Church of God ‘Child Care’.” The fact that the outreach ministry is in the form of a day care center immediately causes many to dismiss the idea of it being a legitimate ministry. In our search for a full time children’s pastor we found two applicants out of twelve who were willing to consider the job. The others could not see the “Day Care” as a legitimate children’s ministry and wanted a job where they met on Sunday and Wednesday only. Some of the applicants actually mentioned that they did not want to “get out of the ministry.” I sometimes refer to this satellite church of ours as “The Invisible Post-Modern Church of God.”

The primary function of this ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the children in our community through daily devotions, scripture studies as well as praise and worship. Once per week we have a full church service for the children. For the large majority of the children it is the only church service that they have ever experienced. We have prayed with more than 250 children to accept Christ as their savior and have ministered to more than 1,000 children. Even with the opportunities we have had with this ministry, we still see the challenges to overcoming the bonds to traditional ministry development. Bonds to traditional ministry development remove the possibilities of your imagination and cripple your ability to adapt and change. How many ministry opportunities could we dream of if we only had the ability to dream?

 

Originally published on the Pneuma Foundation (parent organization of PneumaReview.com) website on August 7, 2003 with the title, “The Invisible Post-Modern Church of God: Integrated Pentecostal Paradigm of Worship and Discipleship.”

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About the Author: David Redden, D.Min (Pentecostal Theological Seminary), M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), is a US Army chaplain with years of pastoral experience in crisis counseling, teaching, and preaching. LinkedIn

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