From the moment I first learned about Phil Maynard’s Discipleship Survey, I was excited about the possibilities this resource could mean for our congregation. During an All in Worship Sunday at my church, my pastor had planned to introduce the Discipleship Survey to our congregation and allow them time to complete the survey during worship. All in Worship Sundays at Faith UMC are special Sundays where children and youth remain in worship so that all ages can experience worship together. I didn’t want children to feel left out of this worship experience so I created a special discipleship survey just for them.
The Discipleship Survey for Young Kids encourages children to draw a picture that is representative of each area of discipleship.
The Discipleship Survey for Kids encourages older children and youth to reflect on each area of discipleship in their own way while encouraging them to be intentional about growing in their discipleship.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our baptismal covenant empowers us to surround our children and youth with a community of love and prayer so that they may grow in their service to others and be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life. Imagine how teaching our children to live and grow in each of these areas of discipleship will equip them at a young age with a strong and lasting foundation that they can build on throughout their lives.
I see God at work in the hearts of children in so many ways. I wonder what adults can learn about discipleship through the eyes of our children. Engaging persons of all ages in the discipleship process can only enrich our faith journey and growth as vital congregations.
Kathy Schmucker, Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church, North Canton, Ohio
A printable PDF version of both versions of the Discipleship Survey for Kids can be found at http://www.faithumchurch.org/discipleship-matrix.html.
Learn more about East Ohio UMC Discipleship Survey resources at http://eocumc.com/cong-vitality/index.html.
Learn more about Phil Maynard’s Membership to Discipleship resources at http://emc3coaching.com/.