I have been in ministry to children for almost 20 years now and am excited to see that many churches are going back to the basics in that they are doing family ministry. Back in the days of yesteryear when the Lone Ranger and Tonto were around, families did more activities together. Many of the curricula that were written for mid-week kids clubs had activities for the children to complete at home. But lo and behold as families got busier, the curriculums began changing and the church all of a sudden became the expert and said, “let us train your children”. But we as ministers of the gospel are to “equip the saints to do the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
We are all aware of some of the largest churches in the U.S. who have really began putting the focus back on the family in the materials they write for their churches and also make available to others.
George Barna confirmed in his book, “Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions” what we in children’s ministries have known all along, KIDS ARE THE MOST RIPE HARVEST FIELD!!!
Kids today are bombarded with temptation. Jesus made it clear in Matthew 5 how to overcome temptation, know God’s Word. We must find creative ways to encourage our kids to hide God’s Word in their hearts. So when the temptation comes, and it will, they will be able to say no to it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
We must be apart of raising up a generation of kids who are not Biblically illiterate. They must be able to know God’s Word and be able to defend and share their faith with their friends
We must make the mid-week service something that our kids look forward to coming to each week. The mid-week time should be a time of real grounding our kids in God’s Word. For that to happen though, please remember the parent. We all know the amount of time we get with the kids as compared to the parent is very, very small. We need to put resources into their hands that they can work with their children at home.
Can we do it, yes we can!!!!!!!!!!
Building Kids for Christ,
Scott Raney, President
Kidz Xplosion Clubs, LLC