A few days ago, I posted a vision for dad dominated children and youth ministries. It was a call for fathers to take a more predominant place in those ministries. Now reading the autobiography of Charles Spurgeon, I find we share kindred sentiments. I just came across this germane quote (emphasis mine):
I love to see persons of some standing in society take an interest in Sabbath-schools. One great fault in many of our churches is that the children are left for the young people to take care of; the older members, who have more wisdom, taking but very little notice of them, and very often, the wealthier members of the church stand aside as if the teaching of the poor were not (as indeed it is) the special business of the rich. I hope for the day when the mighty men of Israel shall be found helping in this great warfare against the enemy. In the United States, we have heard of presidents, judges, members of Congress, and persons of the highest positions, not condescending—for I scorn the use of the term—but honouring themselves by teaching little children in Sabbath-schools. He who teaches a class in a Sabbath-school has earned a good degree. I had rather receive the title of S.S.T. than M.A., B.A., or any other honour that ever was conferred by men.