Seven Recommendations for When a Child in Your Church Accepts Christ

Episode #803
May 30, 2023
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A child in your church decides to follow Christ. There is no greater decision! Now what? Thom and Sam recently created a helpful checklist for pastors and church leaders to share with families.

1. Celebrate with gusto!

2. Purchase a Bible for your child. There are many age-appropriate Bibles, and we recommend the New Living Translation. You can look at several options in the Church Answers bookstore.

3. Mark the date. You can bless your child by recording the date of their salvation.

4. Record a video of your child’s testimony.

5. Write a handwritten letter to your child. Consider giving your child this letter on their eighteenth birthday or some other occasion marking a transition to adulthood.

6. Commit to a church. Frankly, you cannot equip your child in the faith without help. Everyone needs a church.

7.Seek pastoral guidance.

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