The Bible is littered with stories of children serving
Samuel in the Temple
The servant girl in the story of Naaman
Daniel & his Friends
Josiah as the King
Joseph & David as teenagers
Jesus at age 12 teaching at the Temple
Here is City of Sweet Jesus Ministry, we believe in the scripture that says, train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Partnering with parents
Parents are designed to be and usually are the primary influence in a child’s spiritual formation. Therefore If we are not intentionally partnering with them, then most of what we do is fairly irrelevant in the spiritual life of the child.
Toward A HEART for God
Here, we adopt the Greg Baird model of the Children Ministry Leader. Ultimately, spiritual formation is about the heart. This is why:
It is mentioned hundreds of times and in many different contexts throughout scripture
We are told: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ Proverbs 4:23
The “heart” (in scripture) generally encompasses our thinking, our will and our emotions.
We want the hearts of our kids to lean toward God in all areas of their life so that everything they do is influenced “toward God”.
You may have noticed that HEART is capitalized in our definition.
That is because there are 5 areas we can focus on (H.E.A.R.T.) to help us
Telling the Good News
Heartfelt Relationships (the “H” in HEART). Note: ministry always happens best in the context of relationships…period! As a leader, we have a responsibility to ensure that our ministry is characterized by the following:
in all directions – a 360-degree approach to relationships (with the assumption that all relationships are ultimately to point toward and deepen our relationship with God). So how do you do this? Realize it takes a commitment. Building relationships is harder than building facilities, or great program, or just about anything else. It takes time, effort and vulnerability…and it starts with YOU, the leader of the children ministry. Model the relationships you want.
Long gone are the days of “childcare” in Children’s Ministry. While we must provide quality care for children, that is not our primary function. We are there to guide kids toward a HEART for God! We cannot do this with bored, disengaged children. In order to provide a platform for life-change, children must be participating in an active in a meaningful manner. They must be engaged. Yes, have you heard that before, Ministry happens best in the context of relationships! Relationships are irreplaceable. Learn to connect with kids on their level. What words come to mind when you think of connecting with kids on their
Offering Authentic Worship opportunities is one of the most challenging parts of the children ministry. If Authentic Worship is an “essential” in our Children’s Ministries, just how do we do it? We won’t claim to have a complete answer. More than anything, kids learn what they see. So it’s important for our leaders to model it. We need to worship in Kid’s Church! Authentic Worship is a deeply personal, emotional experience, and as we model that by actually doing it before the kids, they will emulate what we do. Right actions bring right emotions (personal feelings). This is an important part of teaching kids Authentic Worship. Make Authentic Worship a focus in our teaching. Consistently provide kids the opportunity to practice Authentic Worship. Practice does not bring perfection, but it does bring performance. What we practice continually becomes part of what we perform regularly. We want our kids to perform acts of Authentic Worship, for it to be a natural part of who they are.
Real Service is where children (or any of us) put practical application to their faith. We have an amazing opportunity to be part of strengthening a child’s faith by providing Real Service opportunities. We are creative and look through a new lens at what is being done in our church – can a child be trained how to do it? If so, get kids involved. What can families participate in? It can be anything from a major Saturday soul winning or a church building donation drive – or how about asking families to participate in visiting other sick children?
Telling the Good News
Every child in the Children of Obedience Ministry is groomed to be a carrier of the good new per excellence via personal testimonies of the experience of Christ with a burning desire to evangelize the world. Shalom