Children are essential to the life and ministry of the church, bringing spiritual gifts and abilities and fulfilling definite roles. The church need to be a place where children may dynamically connect with God and engage in meaningful participation: disciples, equipped, and empowered for life and ministry. As members of the family of God, children are to be cared for as sons and daughters. They are part of the admonition to love and serve another.
Understanding God’s heart for Children by McConnell, Orona and Stockley (2007)