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gifts of Virginia Baptist Churches affiliated with the
Baptist General Association of Virginia.
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Children’s Ministry Strategist,
Emerging Leaders Team
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Building Relationships with Parents
Looking on the Surface
Each Sunday morning Trisha and her teaching team arrive early to prepare for a fruitful morning of Bible study with their class. They have planned
together as a team, making sure each activity is crafted with excellence and the Bible truth is woven throughout every learning experience. They
set aside time every Sunday morning to pray together for the children that will soon be entering their classroom. They have prepared to provide
the absolute best for their children, or have they?
Elizabeth shyly approaches the room where her Sunday School class meets. Her mother, just as quiet, gently kisses her goodbye. The teacher
smiles at Elizabeth’s mother and stoops to greet Elizabeth. With a warm voice the teacher welcomes Elizabeth and invites her to join one of the
learning activities in the classroom. She engages Elizabeth in conversation and walks with her into the room. Elizabeth’s mother turns and walks
away, assured that her child is happy and secure. The teacher has appropriately greeted this family, or has she?
More than Meets the Eye
Teachers in preschool and children’s areas may see their only function as nurturing the spiritual development of the child. Frequently, it is
forgotten that the whole child must be ministered to each week. Children are reflections of their parents and the home environment. Children’s
leaders may have little, or no actual time with a child’s parent on any given Sunday; however, to deny the impact of the parent’s spiritual condition
on the child is like riding a horse with blinders down the interstate. Preschool and children’s teachers must be intentional about connecting w