Children are the Future of the Church

The headline sounds like a propaganda piece – as if Sunday School and children’s ministry would always translate into a sequence of uninterrupted transitions from childhood to youth to adult church membership. The world is no longer like that!

However, it remains important for us adult Christians to be present in the lives of the children of the church. How else will God’s presence become real in their daily lives?

So I was happy when the Eckert family invited me to be there when their daughter Erin was recognized during a women’s basketball game at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway.

It was a great moment when Erin stepped out on the field to meet the Scarlet Knight. It was also a great game – Rutgers vs. Villanova – and the enthusiasm of our young Girl Scouts knew no limits. I wondered how many of them knew our church’s involvement in the history of the great university.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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