The Children’s Ministry at GCF is the premiere ministry of the church. Leaders from nations around the world have come to study this model, so they can implement it in their network of churches back in their countries. The Westminster Catechism states, “The chief aim of man is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.” We couldn’t agree more, and these two truths are foundational to the Children’s Ministry.
We seek to develop the spiritual senses of our children so that they can enjoy the depth and quality of relationship with God that Jesus went to the cross to obtain for us. Out of this intimate relationship with the Lord, we seek to develop both godly character and spiritual giftings, which bring glory to God. We serve a generational God – “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” – and so we are a generational church. We believe that “…out of the mouths of infants and babes you have ordained praise…” Our children are our future, and that is why we place a priority on their generation.
Hannah enjoys working with the children's ministry here at GCF Wharton, and has been intimately involved in children's ministry. God has given her a strong desire to see young children fulfill the plans and purposes that He has for each of them individually. Hannah enjoys working with young people because they are teachable, uninhibited, and are easily encouraged to seek the Lord. Hannah believes God has an individual destiny for each person, and she is committed to helping advance God's kingdom in these young lives.
Rebekah works with the children's ministry, specifically with the children's prayer group. Rebekah has a passion to help young people recognize the giftings and calling in their lives. She loves working with kids because their hearts are pure and moldable. Rebekah believes the most important thing we can teach a child is how to hear God's voice. Because scripture says,"My Sheep listen to my voice and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27).
Darren and Krissa are devoted to share both the love and character of God in every opportunity then can with our children. They both know firsthand what it means to experience love, patience, and forgiveness from God, and their love for God's grace enables them to pour all they have into these young lives each week.
This enables them to strive to focus on the need for the children to learn more and more about God's loving grace. Darren and Krissa are parents themselves, and they know how important it is to have a deep relationship with God. They love each child like their own. Their prayer is that the children of God today will stand out brightly, with God's light shining through them, and that they may walk in all His ways to impact His Kingdom today, tomorrow, and forever.
Daniel Sweeney is a huge bonus to the Children’s Ministry Team. Having grown up in the ministry himself, he brings an passionate encouragement to the kids around him. Daniel leads by example to worship with your whole heart, to move in spiritual giftings, and to obey the voice of God. Daniel is 17 years old. He was born with two holes in his heart and was not expected by doctors to live past 30 days. But God had another plan for this young man. His life preaches that by faith all things are possible with God.
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