KidsHubs is a global initiative, owned by no single agency and shared freely across the body of Christ through the Global Children’s Forum (GCF). GCF is a partnering network of over 120 Christian organisations, large and small, local and international, who have come together because of their desire to serve the children of the world. We adhere to the Lausanne Covenant in matters of Christian belief and seek to live out God’s kingdom values in all we do. Our ultimate goal is that every child would have the opportunity to meet Jesus and be encouraged and equipped to follow Him daily. 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’ love for them?
- What can we do together that we cannot do alone?
As we explore these questions, we challenge each other to remember the way Jesus set a priority on children and taught us to serve each other. We also seek to explore the latest and best theological and missional thinking from around the world. As we combine this with an environment of creative and innovative thinking, wonderful new ways of working with children, leaders, churches and families are emerging and being shared. All this is done through servant-hearted, global partnering. Our primary desire is to see effective tools and innovative thinking readily available to the whole Body of Christ – not the advancement of our personal agendas or organisations. We also desire to learn from the expertise of the whole globe and so we are intentional in seeking out and sharing the best ideas from Western and non-Western countries, male and female leaders, large and small organisations. At the core of GCF projects are a few common values:
- Innovation and creativity
- Collaborative action
- Local empowerment
- Leadership development
- Global resource sharing
Technology allows people from around the world to continually work together on projects and explore new ideas. However, GCF partners regularly gather for face-to-face meetings. About every two years we have a larger global gathering. Between these times, smaller groups convene as the need arises. We try to move these gatherings around the world and raise significant sponsorship funding in order to enable a wide variety of people to attend.