Last night, we stood alongside 10 families as they dedicated their children to the Lord—declaring their desire to raise their children to follow Jesus, and to prepare them for a life of Kingdom significance. 🙌🏾👶🏼👦🏻👧🏽👶🏿
Rise is a church where an investment in the lives of kids and youth is seen as the single most important investment we can make.
We do not babysit children, we disciple small, divine, image-bearing, human beings up into the full image of their savior and creator.
We are not coddling spiritual infants, we are raising up Gospel-Warriors. The children of this church are not a ministry project, a nuisance, or a limiting factor, but rather they are our future. The greatest weapon for Gospel Saturation is a child that has been sharpened week-after-week, day-after-day with the transformative truth that "Jesus loves me this I know”.
So we will be a church radically committed to raising up an entire generation of missionaries, entrepreneurs, pastors, mothers, city group leaders, teachers, church planters, electricians, nurses, worship leaders, husbands, police officers, preachers, and gospel-saturators who will transform our city as they lead this church into a brighter future than we ever imagined. May we not stand in their way, rather let’s lift them upon our shoulders to see further and reach higher than we ever could.