Philosophy

The foundation for spiritual resilience is Belong, Believe, Become.

Is there a child discipleship philosophy that is effective, fruitful and has long-term impact?

Proven and Effective Discipleship Philosophy

The Resilient Child Discipleship Philosophy (3B) is validated by research, countless real-life stories, and the way Jesus made disciples in the Gospels.

In our pursuit to understand, "What few factors most contribute to effective long-term discipleship in children and youth?” our ministry conducted four research projects (between 2013 - 2019) with children's ministry leaders and over 1,000 in-person conversations with church leaders and local practitioners like you. In addition, we studied existing research from other ministries. Lastly, we even studied our 70-year history as a global children and youth ministry–evaluating effectiveness among the 65,000 churches we work with–discovering all we learned throughout the years. This level of sustained rigor led us to this conclusion: Resilient Child Discipleship is made up of three components working together: Belong, Believe, Become.

Resilient Child Discipleship

The process of a Christ follower committing meaningful, intentional, and consistent time and space to a child or a group of children so that they may know who Jesus is and are known by a body of believers (Belong), to place their faith in Jesus and apply the Word of God (Believe), and to reproduce their own discipleship (Become) so that a third spiritual generation can lead and love like Jesus Christ.

  • Belong

    Highly relational ministry led by loving and caring adults

  • Believe

    Deeply Scriptural ministry rooted in the truth of God’s Word and the power of the Gospel

  • Become

    Truly experiential ministry, designed to move kids from simulation to real-world application of faith-based living

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