6 Reasons Why Children’s Ministry is Superior to All Other Ministries
Children’s Ministry is superior!
That’s right, I said it. Children’s ministry is superior. By that I mean better/higher/cooler than all other ministries in the church. Period. Don’t even think about disagreeing with me on this. Yes, I know all ministry is important, but there is something special about reaching kids. It’s a fact. So I stand boldly and say, children’s ministry is superior to all other ministries. I think I can prove it. Here we go!
1. It is the ONLY ministry with a specific PROMISE.
If you can get the water to the kid, then you have a reward coming. Do greeters get a reward for stuffing flyers in people’s hands? Maybe. Maybe not. But kids ministry people know for sure God will reward them. At least that’s what Jesus said. 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.
“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
Why is this verse not plastered over the door of every children’s ministry in America? I think it should be.
2. Jesus PRIORITIZED kids.
Except for kids, Jesus didn’t seem to target specific groups. He called the kids to Himself. He never rounded up the seniors, or the teens, or the singles or young married couples. But He did specifically target kids. Jesus had an intentional children’s ministry. Jesus agitated the disciples by gathering up the kids but He didn’t care. They just had to get over it.
3. It impacts an ENTIRE life.
An adult who comes to the Lord has already spent much of his life. Kids still have their entire lives ahead of them. Famous preacher/evangelist Dwight L. Moody understood this difference. After an evangelistic meeting Moody said two and a half people were converted to Christ. A friend asked if he meant, two adults and a child. Moody said just the opposite: two children and an adult. When a child is led to Christ, their whole life is still in front of them. Adults’ lives are half spent.
If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God! (Dwight L. Moody)
That Moody was a sharp cookie.
4. Serious WARNING.
Jesus’ famous “millstone” warning in Luke 17:2 is ominous. So if you cause an old codger like me to stumble, the Lord would not be pleased. But you would probably escape the millstone ordeal. Do NOT mess with kids. Just sayin’.
“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.” (Luke 17:2)
Unless you want to go swimming with a millstone, be careful how you interact with kids.
5. Kids are better EXAMPLES of humility.
Jesus didn’t tell kids to act like adults. He told adults to be more like kids. How is that possible? So some gum-chewing, seat-rocking kid is an example to the straight-sitting adults? Apparently, kids have a better grasp on humility.
“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:5).
6. Like WELCOMING Jesus.
When you welcome a kid, you welcome Jesus. Every kid who strolls through your doors equates to welcoming Jesus in your children’s ministry. 50 kids = Jesus times 50. 100 kids = Jesus times 100. You get the picture.
“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me;” (Mark 9:37)
I don’t know how that works but it is an amazing statement from the mouth of Jesus.
So wrapping this up, it’s hard for us in children’s ministry to be humble. And for good reason. We are at the top of the ministry food chain. OK, maybe that’s a little over-the-top but the Bible places unique value on reaching kids. That’s for sure.