In the development of the Protestant church, many attribute Susanna Wesley as the “Mother of Methodism,” since she was responsible for teaching her sons, John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist church, in formal education, theology, and world views. In their writings, both men attributed continuing intellectual and spiritual challenges from their mother. Susanna taught her children daily, but before their academic schedule began, Susanna would lead all ten of her children in prayer, Bible reading, and singing for at least one hour. In addition, she met with all of her children individually once a week to encourage them in their studies and their faith. If all Christian mothers were so dedicated to the development of their children, perhaps more sons and daughters would respond in innovative surrender to the work of the church like John and Charles Wesley.
In the local church, there are many ways for women to be involved with teaching children, for the call to teach a child does not only include a woman’s biological children. The mixed messages that today’s culture sends children requires that adults within the church must work together to send a consistent evangelical message to the children in the church. Research shows that several encouraging and affirming relationships are much more effective than a single positive influence in the life of a child. A woman can use her unique spiritual gifts to benefit the children’s ministry in various areas.