5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

Telling Good NEws

Our?definition for Kidmin?is:?partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.?We do that by equipping them to disciple their own children, but we also must address what happens?within?the church ministry. ?For that, there are 5 essentials, the first 4 of which we’ve defined as:

The 5th element is?Telling the Good News. ?

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

This might seem obvious…it’s the heart of everything we do, right? Yes, it is…and sometimes it gets lost in the midst of WHAT we do.

Curriculum is important and it’s there as a guide. ?Environment is important and it enhances what we do. ?Communication techniques are important and they can be ugood-newssed to engage kids. ?Facilities and technology is important and it’s part of our kids’ lives. ?There are many, many aspects of our ministries that are important – vital even – but what do they matter if we aren’t telling the simple Good News of Jesus Christ?

I don’t want any child leaving my children’s ministry without the opportunity to know Jesus personally…period.

So what does that mean? ?It means many things, but here are three of the most important:

1. It means Telling the Good News?must be part of the DNA of our ministry.

When we plan, we plan around?Telling the Good News.?When we vision cast, we vision cast around?Telling the Good News.?It must be part of our language – second nature in our thinking – especially to those of us who lead.

2. It means we must train our team to tell the Good News.

Often times our teachers don’t share the Gospel simply because they don’t know how. ?That’s not acceptable. ?We must ensure that each teacher, in fact every volunteer, understands and is equipped with the knowledge and tools to share the Gospel with a child.

3. It means we as a ministry must be laying the groundwork for Telling the Good News in everything we do.

This is where the curriculum, the environment, the communication, and the facilities and technology comes in (and many other things). ?All of these must lead to the simple?Telling of the Good News.

“Children” are the greatest mission field in the world. ?Why? ?There are more of them than any other “unreached people group.” ?They are the most receptive to receiving the Good News (some studies show as many as 84% of those who accept Christ as their Savior will do so between the ages of 4 and 14). ?They are also pointed to by Jesus Himself as the example that all of our faith ought to look like, meaning we must grasp every opportunity we have to initiate that faith in Jesus.

Here are two great resources, both written by David Staal:

How do you incorporate Telling the Good News in your ministry??

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”

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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.

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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.


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