Children’s Ministry Myth #3

Children's Ministry Myth #3

Children’s Ministry Leaders often believe a myth about children.

When we buy into this myth, we relegate kids to spectator status believing that one day, later, they can participate in the mission of the church.

This holding pattern approach instills a sit/watch mentality that many kids never outgrow.

The kids in our ministry miss out on serving God now, while they are young.

Here’s the myth I’m referring to…

Myth #3: Kids are the church of tomorrow

The truth is that kids are not the church of tomorrow; they are part of the church of today.

Kids in the Bible didn’t grow before they served God.

Many served the Lord effectively BEFORE they ever grew up.

You do not have to grow up to serve God.

Josiah became king at eight years of age.

Shortly after, he began to go through Israel smashing idols and leading a return to God.

The nation turned around because one kid knew he didn’t have to grow up first.

Josiah was not interested in becoming a future servant of God; he served God as a kid.

The Bible calls him the best king Israel ever had.

A young servant girl walked up to rich, powerful Syrian commander Naaman and suggested that he travel to Israel.

There Elisha would minister healing to his leprosy on behalf of God.

Naaman agreed and the rest is Biblical history.

When Jesus launched His ministry in Luke 4 he referred to two Old Testament stories and one of them was the healing of Naaman.

All of that happened because a little girl didn’t wait until she grew up to serve God.

Samuel, a young boy brought to the temple by his mother, heard God’s voice reveal the fate of Israel while Eli, the high priest, seemed oblivious to the danger Israel faced.

A kid, not the high priest, heard God’s voice.

Could there have been anyone else in the crowd of over 5000 who brought lunch the day Jesus taught the vast group?

A boy stepped up and offered his lunch in faith, enabling Jesus to multiply it to the mass of people.

If the boy had waited to grow up first there would have been a lot of hungry people that day.

David slaying Goliath is the classic example.

A shepherd boy takes on Goliath in front of the adults.

When David was through, Goliath never bothered anyone again.

Even though David stood on God’s covenant, faced a giant and won; he was still a kid.

Mary and Joseph found Jesus at twelve years of age in the temple “about His Father’s business.”

That’s the objective: to bring kids to a place where they are “about their Father’s business” BEFORE they grow up.

 

By | 2017-03-07T18:11:21+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Ministry Articles|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Salome Muthambi October 14, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the wonderful message about children serving God while young. This is very interesting and I hope I shall use these children stories to develop a small drama with my Sunday school children.

    God bless you.

  2. Karl Bastian October 14, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    When I was a boy and told my mom God had called me to be a children’s evangelist “when I grow up” she went through each of these stories and told me, ” If God has called you to minister to kids, you start next Wed (in our kids club)! Growing ups got nothing to do with it.” I taught publicly that week and haven’t stopped!

  3. Kristine Jung October 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I have greatly appreciated the emails I receive with these posts. Of course I am curious about myths #1 and #2 and wondering if they were written about as well, or just the #3 to grab our attention, which of course worked. Is there a way to access the blog where you post these and I am just not seeing that link from the website? Thanks for your leadership and heart for the ministry of Christ to children!

    • Roger Fields October 16, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Kristine, great question about the blog posts. We’re working on creating a blog feed. Hang tight, it’s coming soon. For now, keep checking your inbox because it’s the only way you can see our content for the time being. Thanks for your patience and glad you’re liking everything!

      • Kristine Jung October 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much! Looking forward to the blog feed and the continued great teaching you provide.

  4. Kim Bogart October 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    YES! Wonderfully Written!!!

  5. Roger Fields October 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I appreciate the feedback.

  6. Majetta Morris October 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    This is SO true! I have said it for years! I believe children become discouraged when they are put off concerning serving. Take advantage of their interest and teach them how to do it. Give them responsibility and hold them accountable.

    God speaks to children. Listen to what they have to say! Give them the opportunity to minister.

    Thank you for addressing this issue!

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