What this seems to reveal in the Church is a departure from Christ’s mode of ministry. Mark 3:14 may be the most succinct expression of his method. Lest one think that method was supplanted by the pulpit, Matthew 28:18 – 20 and John 17:18, 20; 20:21, suggest otherwise. We are not commanded to lead people to Christ and then leave them to try to figure this Christian life thing out on their own. We are commanded to engage in the business of investing our lives in the lives of others, giving them an example to follow and instruction in how to pursue Christ. That applies to our kids first. But our assignment is much broader than that.
It is a graded assignment.