Plumb lines are concise and memorable statements we use in Providence Kids that encapsulate and articulate our ministry philosophy. We use these as rallying points to answer questions as to why and how we do what we do as it relates to kids discipleship at Providence. These statements form the basis for how we seek to apply creating a disciple-making culture within Providence Kids. They serve to anchor and root everything we do and every decision we make and they help answer every why question that is behind the what question. They are ways for us to communicate vision for kids discipleship to our church and are used as building blocks as we equip and mobilize people to serve in Providence Kids and how to evaluate the ministry events, programming, and resources we have within Providence Kids. These 19 statements make up the core of the DNA of Providence Kids.


  1. The best discipleship of kids at Providence should happen outside of our kids’ spaces and not inside of them.
  2. Providence Kids exists to partner with parents as much by the ministry resources we provide as the ministry opportunities we promote.
  3. We disciple kids for conversion and not from conversion.
  4. The success of our ministry rises and falls based on the faithfulness of our parents.
  5. The success of the church impacts the home and the success of the home impacts the church.
  6. We encourage and equip volunteers not to fill a position, but to form a partnership.
  7. Our discipleship strategy moves from foundations and concepts in preschool to formation and content in elementary.
  8. Discipleship happens through people and not programs which means it’s more about who we have serving than how we have our systems.
  9. Ministries don’t make disciples. People do.
  10. We organize to be organic so our systems enable and empower our relationships.
  11.  The best leadership development happens individually and not institutionally.
  12. Repetition breeds retention
  13. People remember what you’re most passionate about.
  14. Reaching all nations is accomplished in part by reaching all generations.
  15. Discipleship happens in relationships so we focus on creating community as much as we do on teaching curriculum.
  16. We recruit leaders to serve not in order to volunteer, but in order to make disciples.
  17. We evaluate success based on engagement and not activity.
  18. We disciple not just to inform, but ultimately to conform and transform.
  19. The discipleship of kids at Providence isn’t limited just to the kids ministry.