Why is children’s ministry such a big deal? C.S. Lewis said, “God wants a child’s heart and a grown-up’s head.” This thought captures it all!
Being a part of children’s ministry gives us the opportunity to invest in a child’s life in the time they have the biggest imagination and the clearest eyes to see who God is before all of the adult stuff of life kicks in.
It also gives us adults the opportunity to be children in our hearts again. As we walk with children while they learn about the Creator, we can experience the awe and wonder anew as God reveals Himself to both child and adult. Some of my biggest “AH HA!” moments have been teaching young kids the most basic of lessons!
Some would say it is our duty to participate in children’s ministry, often pointing out Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.” While this is undoubtedly true, it has a compulsory aspect in a communal setting that seems more appropriate to an individual pursuit in the home by parents.
Children’s ministry in the church should supplement the parent’s effort at home. It should be structured in a way that the volunteerism is carried out by adults that see the benefit in investing in our children.
Studies have shown that for the most part, what a child accepts about God, Satan, good and evil, etc. as they enter adolescence is what they will die believing. In the best case, we are partnering with parents to help give a solid foundation to our children to provide them with as much information as possible to choose to follow God as they continue to mature.
In a less ideal situation, the church may be the only place a young child ever hears about the love of God, in which case it is all the more important for children’s ministry to be staffed by adults that genuinely care about participating in children’s spiritual growth.
At the end of the day, Midland Bible Church can only have a successful children’s ministry that invests in these aspects of a child’s spiritual development if we have enough volunteers willing to jump into the mix with a child’s heart and a grown-up head. Where do you see yourself fitting in? Where do YOU want to serve?