Why Children’s Ministry is Superior to Other Ministries

Why Children's Ministry is Superior

That’s right, Children’s Ministry is superior – as in better/higher/cooler – than all other ministries in the church.

Don’t even think about disagreeing with this.

Here we go!

1. Jesus had a Kid’s Ministry

Jesus didn’t seem to target specific groups like seniors, teens, singles (except maybe the Woman at the Well).

He did specifically target kids.

Numerous times Jesus called kids to Himself (Mt. 18:2, Mk. 10:14, Lk. 18:16).

2. Only ministry with a promise

Matthew 10:42 says anyone blessing kids gets a reward they cannot lose.

Jesus never said anything like that to greeters, ushers, deacons, choir members, parking attendants, etc.

3. Impacts an entire life

An adult who comes to the Lord has already spent much of his life.

Kids still have their entire lives before them. Dwight L. Moody first made this point.

4. Requires more worker involvement

It takes more volunteer workers for children’s ministry than it does for any other church department.

The challenge is bigger. The opportunity to get adults involved is also bigger.

5. Allows for more learner participation

Kids and adults learn best by doing.

The structure of children’s church is more conducive to interactive learning than most adult worship services.

6. Comes with more serious warnings

Jesus’ famous “millstone” warning in Luke 17:2 says,

“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.”

7. It is like receiving Jesus

In Mark 9:37 Jesus said,

“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”

8. Jesus held up kids as examples of humility

He said, “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:5).

He didn’t tell kids to act like adults to get saved.

He told adults to be more like kids.

Children’s ministry can/should be an example to adult ministry.

Ok, you non-kidmin, bring it on!

By |2017-03-07T18:11:21+00:00September 4th, 2014|Ministry Articles|6 Comments


  1. Linda Ranson Jacobs September 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Agree with every point and thank you soooooo much for this insight.

    Linda Ranson Jacobs
    My ministry? Kids of divorce and single parent families.

  2. Scott Kinney September 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Love this post! And as someone who has served as a volunteer and on staff in children’s ministry for more than 25 years I can say it is all true! You can do church without greeters and ushers and parking teams, may not be ideal but it can happen. But just try and have a church without a children’s ministry.

  3. Matt Norman September 11, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    WHAT A GREAT POST!!! There is such a focus in the children’s ministry world on moving kids to “big church” so that they can learn to worship from their parents and other adults. While I certainly understand the value of kids seeing their parents and other adults worshiping, maybe we have this backwards. Maybe adults should be learning how to worship from kids. Hmm.. food for thought.

  4. Ryan Warner September 11, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I’m a kids pastor and love what I get to do. But I fully understand that every part of church is important.
    Maybe kids ministry has more impact on more people but that doesn’t make it better. Every part of the body is important and should work together to build church. The best church is a church ever everyone works towards Christ’s missions….build a church…not a ministry.

    With love
    A Proud Kids Pastor

  5. Dale Ewing September 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I publish a weekly take home newsletter for our kids ministry. (Kid’s Life) This is going to be the “QUOTED” feature to share this week!

    • Lydia Runkle October 7, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Hi, Dale!

      I don’t suppose you could send me the template for your newsletter, could you? I created one from scratch, but to be honest, it’s not very “user friendly” and I’ve slacked off on even the quarterly children’s newsletter – lol.

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