The Bible says that children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Whether they join us through birth or through adoption, the arrival of a new child into our family calls for celebration, thanksgiving, and a renewal of our commitment to train future generations to hope in God (Psalm 78:4-7).

Toward this end, Kossuth holds a "Growing Families" Sunday each year, including a family commitment ceremony and reminders from God's word about the importance of family discipleship. God created the family to function like a little church, and he designed the church to function like a big family. The "Growing Families" Sunday gives both family and church the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to these callings. 

God's Heart for Children

Will Peycke

Mark 10:13-16

June 20, 2021

Children’s ministry isn’t a way we support mission; it is mission. If we are to be “a community of disciple-makers toward the great commission,” that great commission ministry of disciple-making starts with our own families, within our own community. It means the church partnering with parents as we all seek to love children and help them come to Jesus.

God's Priority for Parents

Will Peycke

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

January 31, 2021

Deuteronomy 6 helps us to realign our hearts to God's priority for parents: family discipleship, parents and children learning and living God's word together. God calls parents to love him and to teach his words to their children, both at intentional times and in everyday moments.

Trusting Jesus with the Impossible

Will Peycke

Mark 6:30-44

February 2, 2020

This familiar story gives us an important glimpse into what following Jesus looks like. Truly living the life that Jesus calls us to live is impossible to do on our own. But we are not on our own. When we are faced with overwhelming needs, Jesus invites us to look past what we can do in our own power and to trust him for help—because with Jesus, nothing is impossible.

The Purpose and Promises of God for Families

Will Peycke

Genesis 18:19

February 3, 2019

God's purpose for Abraham's family was to establish a legacy of generational faithfulness that would bring blessing to the world. When we look at the first three generations of Abrahams Family, however, we see more failures than faithfulness. But God was still faithful to his promises. The families of the patriarchs are real-life examples of God's vision for our families. Together, let's urge our children and grandchildren "to keep the way of the Lord" so we can all play our part in God's mission to bring blessing to the world.

Multi-Generational Faithfulness

Will Peycke

Psalm 178:1-8

January 28, 2018

How do we foster multi-generational faithfulness? How do we turn our homes into centers of discipleship? How do we point our children's hearts toward Jesus? Our pastor of family ministries addresses these questions through Psalm 78, presenting the idea of our "church as family" and "family as church."