Responsible evangelism with Kids is perhaps the most important elements of a Kids Ministry. The way we approach boys and girls should be with the utmost integrity. Below are principles 6-9 in this series of posts:
6. Responsible evangelism with kids is conversational. It is so important to have a conversation with a child instead of simply talking to a child. In order to discern a child’s intentions and understanding it requires a conversation. Refrain from asking questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” Ask what, where, when questions to promote conversation.
7. Responsible evangelism with kids uses language kids can understand. Most young children are very concrete in the way they think. Because we know this characteristic of young kids, we use words and terms that a child understands or we take great effort to make sure the language we use is defined and understood. Don’t just ask if a child is listening to what you say, but does he understand what you have said?
8. Responsible evangelism with kids helps a child know the difference between becoming a Christian, being baptized, and joining the church. Unfortunately many people confuse becoming a Christian with being baptized. We must work hard to help children understand that baptism does not bring salvation; it simply is a testimony of what has already taken place in a person’s heart. Becoming a church member is a progression that takes place after salvation and in many churches, after baptism.
9. Responsible evangelism with kids recognizes that children have short attention spans. It’s been said that a child’s attention span is about 1 minute for every year old they are. So, when talking to an 8 year old about becoming a Christian, we can expect that child to begin “drift off” after about 8 minutes. It’s important to watch for signs that a child is “over it” and has reached her capacity for listening and taking in the information you are sharing. When preparing to share the gospel with a child, take into consideration her age and adjust accordingly.
Bottom Line: Sharing Christ with a child is one of the sweetest privileges you can have. Doing it in a responsible way can make the difference in a child’s Christian foundation. We want that foundation to be deep and strong.
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