CEO of Compassion International says the Church Is Always One Generation From Going Extinct; Urges Outreach to Children


As many churches look for ways to grow and maintain their congregations, one author argues that an important and often overlooked component is children.
Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International.

Dr. Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International and author of the soon-to-be-released book Just A Minute, believes churches should put more focus on children’s ministry.
“I think it’s important,” said Stafford, highlighting that the Church is always one generation from going extinct.
“My one stringed violin is to wake up the Kingdom of God to the importance of children.”
In his book, Stafford laments how many churches do not put a great emphasis on children’s ministry.
“It is a rare church that spends more than 15 percent of its budget on ministry to children,” wrote Stafford.
“The cultivation of young minds is central to history, for good or evil.”
In the interview with The Christian Post, Stafford said that he believed that it is “a wonderful thing” for children to be “involved in the worship process.”
He warned that not giving good attention to children’s ministry can be fatal for a congregation, citing the experience of friend and colleague Tony Campolo. Campolo, a professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, decided one day to visit his childhood church only to find it had closed down. With the permission of the former elders, Campolo got access to the church documents and decided to look at the records for the year when as a kid he decided to give his life to Christ.
Source: Christian Post | Michael Gryboski