In June 2005, I filled out a questionnaire that asked, "How would you lead a child to Christ?" I'm interested in reading the comments, questions, suggestions, or criticisms of anyone who reads this. My answer, verbatim:
I would be in consistent contact with both the parents and pastor throughout the process, from the child’s first expression of interest in and understanding of salvation. If the child approached me, I would ask him or her (for the sake of simplicity, him) if he had talked to his family about what it means to be saved. If not, my first meeting would be with the child and parents together. If he had, I would want to initially meet with just the parents to find out how extensive they believed the child’s understanding of salvation to be. From then on, the process would be identical: ask the parents and child to keep talking, be available to them continually, and involve the pastor quickly. The counsel of the pastor and other staff is invaluable in such a delicate process.
Aside from whatever structured meetings I had with parents and staff, I would have a set of passages relating to creation and salvation that I would be reading and discussing with the child to both determine and deepen his understanding of Scripture and salvation. Once he came to a place of understanding, conviction of sin, and commitment to Christ, I would talk with the parents and pastor, as well as to the child again, and move in the direction of baptism and discipleship.
As an aside, this process assumes that the parents are believers. With my convictions about the parent’s role in the child’s spiritual training, I understand that the process must necessarily differ somewhat if the child’s parents are lost. That’s an issue I’m looking at right now and would desire counsel on from both the staff and children’s workers.