South Jeff Family,
As I began planning for 2014, I kept coming back to one question: What is children’s ministry? Is it having high energy, fun games? Is it teaching Bible lessons? Is it having lots of fun activities outside of church time? Why are we here? What are our goals? So, as I sat in my office, I began to think through our goals as a church, and, specifically, as the children’s ministry.
The purpose of the church is to brag about our great God and what he has done and what he is currently doing in us. In 1 Peter 2:9, Paul writes, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. “ I believe that this is done in children’s ministry by having biblically based lessons, and also by sharing what Christ is doing in the lives of volunteers and myself during small group time.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:33 that he “became all things to all men so that some may be saved”. The key to doing this in children’s ministry is incorporating fun, active demonstrations, activities, songs, and small group time into everything we do. It is also placing children next to adults that are being made whole in Christ, demonstrating that following Christ is difficult, but yet fun and beautiful; while it is an invitation to come and die, it is also an invitation to find new, richer life in a God that made himself nothing and became obedient to the point of death so that we can be rescued from the kingdom of darkness.
In summary, our goals for next year center around making Jesus famous by creating a fun, engaging environment. I believe the biggest key to this is building up adults to share their experiences and knowledge of Christ with students. As the church begins planning and as we define what we want to do, please pray for more adults that really loves children. Pray that the amazing people that have stepped in to those roles may be strengthened. Pray that we may keep our focus where it belongs.