South Jeff Family,
"As I sit again, trying to figure out how to make children's ministry better, my mind drifts back to my devotions this month. After the death of Moses, Joshua, much younger than Moses, is made the leader of God's people. While I am certainly no Joshua, I am amazed at how God's word applies to the present day church, and to our ministry to children.
Joshua begins by preparing the people to take the Promise Land by quoting Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” He starts by quoting the scripture Moses commanded should be stated before battle, reminding the people of God's provision and protection. It is important, in ministry, to start with the Bible and to remember that this is not about us, but is about a God who goes before us and fights our battles.
In chapter 9, Joshua's makes a mistake. The Gibeonites hear about how great Israel's God is and about their great success I battle, and they are scared. They plan a ruse, bringing old bread and old provisions to trick Joshua. Joshua 9:14 tells us that,"Israel tested their provisions but they did not inquire of the Lord." They make a treaty with people in the Promise Land because they forget to inquire of The Lord. In ministry, everything should start with prayer. We have a limited view of the world, and should, therefore, begin by humbly asking our God for wisdom.
So I want to close in asking you to pray for children's ministry. Pray that we may not be fooled and will keep our eyes fixed on that God that goes before. Pray for adults to step up and fill the slots we need for Sunday morning. Pray for Wednesday nights that will begin again in September. Pray that God will strengthen the adults he has provided, and will give them the strength and encouragement they need. Lastly, but most importantly, pray for the kiddos that enter out doors. Pray that they will encounter adults that passionately love The Lord and that they may feel Christ's love for them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prompt them to make the decision to give their lives to Jesus.