As Kids Pastors we put all we have into our Sunday Morning experiences. Amazing productions with worship and life-changing stories; incredible relationships being formed by kids and adults via small groups . . . I love it.
But I’m always reminded every time our Kids Ministry does a project of some sort to help out others in our city or across the globe that if I want an “experience” to turn into a “movement” that will help show Christ to our kids and to others, then I must maintain a passion within our ministry to create projects that will enable our kids to express their love for Christ and others by actually allowing them to get involved in showing love to others. If the end in mind stops with simply cool experiences at church . . . our kids will have a difficult time connecting Jesus to the world and instead will adopt a stagnant, self-centered notion of what it means to be a “Christian”.
BUT, if we add to our experiences at church a chance for kids to actually take ownership of doing some good in the world then we set them free to explore what it means to fall in love with Jesus, to learn how to love themselves through Christ, and then they will learn how to love a world in need of a Savior. That’s contagious, that’s a Revolution, that’s a movement.
We recently raised $2,000 for a deal called Project Playground. A missions team from our church traveled to Guatemala last week to help at a Girls’ Orphanage. Cross Street, our K-5th ministry, found out about one of the team’s goals: to build a playground. These girls had never experienced the joy of a swing and the thrill of a slide.
So, we pitched the idea to the kids, giving them and their parents full ownership on how we could raise the money to help pay for this playground. They went CRAZY! And when we met our goal they went NUTS!!!
Yesterday at church we showed our kids a video of the girls from Guatemala actually having fun on their new playground . . . it’s all the kids could talk about. So what happened? The kids were seeing firsthand the power of Jesus being unleashed . . . that’s exciting!
Throughout the rest of the year we will do local projects that involve collecting clothes and food for those in need . . . Our goal is to allow kids to continue to be a part of the movement that is the local church.