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Why Does Children's Ministry Matter?

Posted 15 May 2013 in Posts / Education of the Less Privilege

Why Does Children’s Ministry Matter?

On this paper you will find reasons why children’s ministry is important. Christian parents and local churches must do more to reach the next generation. This article is to encourage you and help get other people excited about children’s ministry. For each reason I have suggested a practical tip to make the most of your ministry. Kids matter to God and they should matter to us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

"Children's ministry is serving children and helping them to grow in relationships with God and others."  ("And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."  Luke 2:52).  We can't do much about the stature (physical) that happens on its own.  There are other influences that deal more with the wisdom (unless it's spiritual wisdom).  We deal primarily with the relationship part of a child's life.

In order to serve Children and help them grow we must also work with parents.  Sometimes we provide childcare while the parents are getting what they need.  (Some of us struggle with that term childcare but if we don't have a qualified teacher we might need to have someone simply watch the children so the parents can get what they need and the family can be strengthened)  Too often we think that we need to have a Bible story every time we do something for kids.  Sometimes it is more beneficial to just spend time with them and build relationships.  They might learn more from watching us than listening to us.

We work in partnership with other ministries to build healthy families because a stronger family will help insure a stronger child.  The actual techniques, programs etc. will change from church to church.  But, we need to do anything necessary to serve the children and if that means offering parenting classes or other programs for families it is all part of Children's ministry.

However, to be fair to the volunteer and part time Children's leaders.  We can only do so much ourselves.  Don't lose your own family while trying to reach others.  Children's ministry is not something that can be accomplished by one person alone.  It takes the whole church working together.  But, we are the advocates for children.  We cast the vision and fight for what they need.

When we have limited resources we must determine what is the most effective way to minister to children with what we have.