Let's teach them to love the Word.
Intentional Shepherding: what if each of the kids in your ministry was intentionally shepherded? Imagine the difference it would make in each individual life. This one factor could literally transform generations of people. If we could get each person who is a part of our kidmin team to see their role as intentional shepherds, we'd be investing into the future, leaving
a legacy that changes lives.
Genuine Worship: when other things beg for and demand your attention throughout the week, fight back. The worship service needs to be the main focus. When we work hard to create an environment free of chaos and distraction, we enable genuine worship to be experienced. Use music and preaching styles that are age appropriate and pray mightily each week that God would be present and lifted up as you seek to create an environment of worship. Allowing kids to experience first -hand what it looks and feels like to worship goes a long way in helping them to grow in their individual faith.
Love of the Word: we've all seen the dismal numbers about the number of Christian teens who turn to the Bible when needing direction. Let's set them on the right course early on. Let's teach them to love the Word. We do that by teaching it creatively and enthusiastically. We model this behavior each week. When we talk about the Word, we teach kids about how to apply its meaning to their own lives.
Safety: in order for us to minister to the spiritual needs of a child, we've got to make sure that they're physically and emotionally safe as well. When a child feels that this basic need has been met, we then earn the right to share Jesus with them.
Opportunity to serve: when God designed each of us, He did so on purpose. The Body of Christ is gratified when we all function using our gifts and talents appropriately. Teach kids early that they matter. Teach them to love serving others. Provide opportunities for them to serve on a regular basis. Offer chances for families to enjoy serving together.
The good news is that this list isn't overwhelming. I don't need any magic formulas or one hundred extra volunteers to make these things happen. When focusing upon these five areas, I know I can make an eternal impact and the rest is just icing.
What am I missing? What needs does your ministry seek to provide that are critical in the spiritual development of a child?