It’s no secret that the church and home have the best opportunity to secure faith in the next generation when they have shared goals regarding a child’s discipleship journey. What a powerful movement could be created if we all worked together with the same end in mind.

What if churches and homes across the nation would focus their attention on helping every child who is a follower of Christ attain eight simple goals before they transition out of children’s ministry?

Many churches are becoming more strategic by having leaders of all age groups develop transitional benchmarks and goals together. This is a healthy approach to creating lifelong followers of Christ. In other churches, leaders see the need for goals but don’t know where to begin. Regardless of where your church lands on the process of creating goals or outcomes, the list that follows may help shape perspectives for some and give a starting point for others.

Eight Goals for Kids

After a child accepts Christ create an environment for them to become…


Our Commitment

How to make the Eight Goals sticky

The traditional approach churches have taken in discipleship is to teach kids what they need to know and do. While there will always be a need for teaching, there are some additional principles that help faith grow deep in children which should be understood.

The commitment that parents, church leaders, and other Christ-followers must make is to:

  1. Live their lives as an example—make faith contagious (Model)
  2. Encourage the next generation—build a confidence that echoes into the future (Mentor)
  3. Anchor faith in the Word of God—stand courageously on the promises of God (Message)


3Ms of KidMin

In many ways discipleship is a lot like learning to ride a bike.  We see someone riding a bike which creates an imprint and desire to be like them.  As the new bike rider journeys out on two wheels for the first time, others are there to cheer them on - even when they falter.  What allows them to continue riding their bike for years to come is the knowledge and understanding that comes from following the “rules of the road.”

Helping our children reach these eight goals and have a lifelong faith in Christ is similar.



AG Kidmin Core

Many churches use resources to help create environments where faith will grow. Though every curriculum may have the same end goal - lifelong faith - they approach it in difference ways. Below are some of the ministries provided through the Assemblies of God which naturally facilitate one of the 3M’s as a starting point. Download this brochure to learn more. Click the ministry logo to be connected to that resource.



Learn How These Ministries Connect

Additional Resources

Strong Enough to Last

Host an Event

Interested in equipping church leaders and parents with the content surrounding the 8 goals and the 3Ms?  Consider bringing one of these nationally known speakers to your event.  Each individual can cover the concepts relayed above, but will present their information differently for each audience. 

If this is something of interest to you, we’d love to hear about your goals and help create a custom event that can help you achieve your goals.

National Director of BGMC
Senior Director of Children’s Ministries
Children’s Ministries Director of Leadership Development