About the Global Children’s Forum
The Children Everywhere vision is brought to you by the Global Children’s Forum (GCF). We are a partnering network of over 100 organisations, large and small, local and international, who have come together around children and the gospel. We adhere to the Lausanne Covenant in matters of Christian belief and seek to live out God’s kingdom values in all we do. We first gathered in 2008 to respond to the needs of the more than 2 billion children in the world with these questions:
- How can we be more effective in reaching these children with the good news of Jesus?
- What can we do together that we cannot do alone?
Our ultimate goal is that every child would have the opportunity to meet Jesus and be encouraged and equipped to follow Him daily.
With 2/3 of the world’s children untouched by our current efforts, something has to change – quickly. As a result, we challenge each other to think Biblically about ministry with children, and to explore the best missional thinking from around the world. As we combine this with an environment of creative and innovative thinking, wonderful new ways of doing ministry with children, leaders, churches and families are emerging and being shared.
Technology allows people from around the world to continually work together on projects and explore new ideas. About every two years we have a larger global face-to-face gathering. Between these times, smaller groups convene as the need arises. We try to meet in different locations around the world in order to enable a wide variety of people to attend.
All this is done through servant-hearted, global partnering. Our desire is to see effective tools and innovative thinking readily available to the whole Body of Christ. On the GCF websites you will discover many resources and ministry models which are free of cost and copyright restrictions – please feel free to translate them, use them, improve them, add to them and pass them on to others.
However, these gatherings are not the only way to participate. You can sign up to follow Children Everywhere activities via email (Journal articles and news items are sent out about once a month) and Facebook (Children Everywhere). We would also encourage you to get together with other children’s workers and ministries in your local community to explore ways to partner together for the sake of the children.
We know we are not the only answer to the global challenge of evangelism and discipleship of children. We think of ourselves as yeast that helps the whole batch of dough rise. Although small, we seek to serve in such a way that every church and every organization can benefit from our efforts.