Kids Ministry is an important part of every church. Of course you would expect a Kids Pastor to say this, but I firmly believe that Kids Ministry carries a weight and responsibility that is unmatched. When it comes to children and Jesus, it’s easy to see that our Savior, with fervent and devoted love, holds children closely to His heart:
“Jesus said, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don’t, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
“When Jesus saw this, he was angry. He said to his disciples, ‘Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them. What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he took the children in his arms. He put his hands on them and blessed them.”
When we look at studies today it is clear why Jesus has such a passion to see children turn to Him:
• By age 5, a child’s BASIC moral foundation has been formed.
• A child is most open to the Gospel of Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14.
• More than half of the people who will ever accept Jesus as their Savior will do so by the age of 12 . . .
• By age 13 a child has formed the majority of their beliefs about:
a. The nature of God . . .
b. The reliability of God’s Word . . .
c. The holiness of Jesus . . .
When we look at the small percentage of churches that make kids ministry a priority it is clear that Satan has gone on the attack to crush and quiet an area that demands our very best. But here’s the good news . . . God’s turning around our mess in order to bring glory to His name by reaching the hearts of children all over the world through the church.
For over a decade we’ve seen churches across the globe begin to realize that kids ministry needs to be a part of the heartbeat of any church that calls them selves the Body of Christ. This means that budgets need to go up, kids from birth up through 5th Grade need to have their own unique environments that reflect the different stages of learning and development, that kids min should be exciting and FUN, and that even in preschool, ministry is happening more than we could ever understand.
We who work with kids in the church, under the power of a King, are charging the front lines of our society and fighting for the hearts of kids and parents so that growing followers of Jesus Christ can live to glorify our Creator. This means that a two-year-old who loves coming to church because of that special volunteer who teaches her about a man named Jesus is in the middle of some of the most important stuff going on that day at church (I know that for the mom and dad of that little girl, they would say the same thing).
Or what about that 4th grade boy who is struggling with his parents’ divorce, porn, and whether or not to give in to the peer pressure that is already surrounding him? He struggles coming to church in the beginning, but slowly begins forming a friendship with his small group leader . . . soon after that, he begins to open up to the love of Christ . . . that’s HUGE!
Stories like this are happening all around us at church . . . God’s started a movement, a revolution in Kids Min . . . and we’ll never be the same again. So when asked about the importance of Kids Ministry in Church . . . I can pretty much go on and on . . . but honesty I can sum up my response about the weight of kids ministry by sharing just one verse:
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Enough said . . .