Tim Simmonds has blogged about Planting Churches with Ninja Children. It reminded me how much I take for granted how versatile and giving kids can be when it comes to the disruption and lack of routine that come with church planting.
It is a real privilege having our children share the church planting journey with us. It is inspiring to have them with us at midweek group, they are great company in the car and in general it is simply nice to do be doing something productive and worthwhile together. It also gives children great opportunities to improve their social skills as they meet new people and gain an understanding of the wider world – Anya regularly interacts with people from all sorts of cultures and is confident talking to with people with disabilities and addictions.
But there is a cost that church planting demands of children. Sometimes it requires a change of school and they won’t get to hang out and make friends with as many children their own age as they might at bigger churches. We are told time and again that children, and especially babies, need routine but when you’re taking the kids along to evening meetings and out all day on a Sunday then a routine can be impossible to keep!
Nevertheless, all these experiences do help a child to learn resilience and interdependence – essential skills for life. I was wondering though, and would welcome input from those who may have had similar experiences, what areas or experiences would it be helpful for us to be particularly purposeful about providing for our two children? Is there anything that it would be wise to put in place to make sure they don’t miss out on any specific area of spiritual or social growth?