Growing Up With Christianity
Teaching Christian Evangelism To Children
How do you Evangelize children?
The child evangelism movement is a Christian evangelism movement that began in 1937 by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer who founded the Christian organization Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). It focuses on the 4/14 Window which centers on evangelizing children between the ages of 4 and 14 years old. Children are targeted because they are the “most receptive, but also because they are often the most effective agents for mission” to evangelize their peer group. Groups supporting the evangelization initiative have argued that “It is crucial that mission efforts be reprioritized and re directed toward the 4/14 age group world wide”
Sharing The Gospel With Children
The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is an international interdenominational Christian nonprofit organization founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer (1877 1955) in 1937, headquartered in Warrenton, Missouri, United States. The organization lists its purpose as teaching the Christian Gospel to children and encouraging children’s involvement in local Christian churches. It has programs established in all US states and 176 countries, with 750 full time workers in the US, an estimated 40,000 volunteers in the US and Canada, and over 1,200 missionaries overseas, approximately 1,000 of them nationals[vague]. During the reporting year ending December 2010, they reported teaching more than 19 million children, mostly through face to face ministry. CEF is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).