Are we engaging the children well? When the original disciples interfered between Jesus and the children, Jesus admonished them with these words, “‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’” (Mark 10:14). Jesus was teaching, in part, that we all need to come to Him and depend on Him as a child to a parent. But don’t overlook the simple message that Jesus desires to begin a relationship with His children as early in their age as possible.
As we continue our series on why new people would become part of this church, we must also not overlook the importance of children. In fact, one of the main reasons that a new family would ever step foot onto this campus is a desire to introduce their children to Jesus. Simply stated, parents will often begin a relationship with a local church based on the spiritual welfare of their children and how well that church is doing Kids & Student Ministries. And as 9 out of 10 adults in our community are parents of children, pre-teens, and teens, we must ask ourselves the hard question: How well are we ministering to these young age groups?
What if we could declare with confidence that we have the best Kids & Student Ministries in this community? The future of our church truly depends on having these ministries that will empower our young people to grow in their personal faith and be ready for a life-time of following Jesus. And to do this well, there is a part for everyone to play. Let me challenge us to take ownership and responsibility with these words: Instead of asking IF God wants you to serve in our Kids & Student Ministries, ask God WHAT He wants you to do in these ministries. Together we can! -Jason