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Consider These Three Facts…

1. In a calendar year, few if any children are baptized in the Holy Spirit in any of the Children’s Ministries provided by the local church. It is extremely rare to find reports of children being filled with the Holy Spirit in a Sunday school class, children’s church service, or mid-week Bible club in the local church. Am I right?

2. In a calendar year, those children who are filled with the Holy Spirit are Spirit-baptized at a summer Kid’s Camp or a Royal Ranger/Missionette retreat. I’m thankful for these events. They provide a powerful time of ministry. Unfortunately only a very small percentage of our children are able to go to these events due to calendar problems, finances, etc. With both #1 and #2 being true, this means that only a small percentage of our children are provided an opportunity to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Am I right?

3. In a calendar year, most children are rarely if ever in an adult service and thus never have the opportunity to see the workings of the Holy Spirit. The largest percentage of our children have never witnessed the Gifts of the Spirit in operation. They have never seen the Book of Acts come alive. Am I right?

What is the end result of #1, #2, and #3? Children pass through our ministries and then go into the youth ministry and then eventually into the adult ministry without having the opportunity to experience God’s power. They don’t know the benefits of walking through life Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and Spirit-equipped. They will go through life without the assistance provided by heaven to fulfill their life assignments. They will struggle alone through struggles they aren’t equipped or designed to handle alone.

What is the answer? We need to allow the Holy Spirit to show up in our Children’s Ministry. We can’t relegate this to just camps and retreats. He needs to show up in our Sunday School classes, children’s church ministries, and mid-week Bible clubs. We need to allow Him to speak and demonstrate His power and allow the children to meet and begin a relationship with the Parakletos, the One who has been called to walk alongside us!

That is why the Ignite the Supernatural Conference is so important. This conference will help equip you and provide an atmosphere where the Gifts and Anointing of the Holy Spirit are stirred up in your life. In order for our kids to make it in a tumultuous, chaotic world, we as Children’s Ministry leaders must provide an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to show up and work. We need services that allows the Holy Spirit to deal with unnerving situations that our kids are facing. We need His Gifts to operate in us so that our kids will begin to earnestly desire those Gifts to operate in their lives. To see this happen, we need a fresh anointing, fresh fire.

If you haven’t done so, take a minute right now and visit the Ignite web site. There’s not another conference in America that addresses the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit in Children’s Ministry and does so at a rate that covers not only your registration but also your meals. At this rate, you will be able to bring your key leaders along with you.

Billy Burns, www.billyburnsministries.com

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