Relationships First

What I am noticing so far in Children’s Ministry is that the building of relationships is the most important component.  Sure, we need effective curriculum, but trying to teach without building a strong connection first is pointless when it comes to teaching kids about what it means to live out a life of faith.  After all, I see children every Sunday who are passionate about attending Cross Street (Grace’s Children’s Ministry) not because we will be talking about the story of Nehemiah and all the lessons we can learn from that incredible story the next week, but because they feel like they are welcomed and have connections with their Group Leaders and other kids in their group.

At that point, Group Leaders can cover curriculum that teaches kids all about this wonderful life we have in Christ, and because trust and relationships have been formed the kids are able to soak in tons of knowledge in a safe environment that encourages kids to dive in and take risks, knowing all the while they will be accepted and loved.

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About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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One Response to Relationships First

  1. Great post Adam. This is true and a great reminder for every area of ministry at our church.

    Ron

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