Building relationships is a key principle for reaching today’s generation of young families. It’s true; they really don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Connect with Kids is a tool for connecting boys and girls to God’s Word. Connecting, in this sense, is more than a simple life application statement spoken. Connecting is God’s Word applied in your live which leads you to demonstrate His love and your care through your actions.
Connect with Kids is a tool that can be used to build relationships with children and their families. The intent is to meet needs through praying for, fellowshipping with, and ministering to boys and girls and their families.
Pray for Kids. Nothing is more important than praying for the children in your ministry. Knowing how to specifically pray for the children will require building relationships with them and their families. Here are some ideas on how you can pray for kids:
· Pray for one child in your group daily. Consider praying for each child on their birthday.
· Telephone families to discover specific prayer needs.
· Develop a telephone prayer chain with your Kids Ministry leadership.
· “Prayer Walk” through the Kids ministry space, praying specifically for the kids who will be at your church.
Fellowship with Kids. You really don’t know the children in your ministry if you haven’t spent time with them. There is a lot of truth to the old saying, “Kids spill love T-I-M-E.” Most of us don’t remember what our favorite teacher taught us, but we do remember that our favorite teacher loved us. Here are some ideas on how you can fellowship with kids:
· Share meals with kids in your ministry.
· Sit in worship with kids and their families.
· Share special occasions (sports games, school honors day, recitals, etc) with kids and their families.
· Attend church programs in which your kids will participate.
Minister to Kids. Children learn about God from loving Christian adults. As a children’s leader, realize the impact love and care of a Christian adult can have on the life of a child, then be sensitive for opportunities to show that love. Be sensitive to needs in the lives of the children and their families and minister appropriately. Here are some practical ideas to minister to kids and their families:
· Provide assistance to families in times of sorrow.
· Celebrate with families during happy occasions.
· Be a partner with families. Help parents know that you want to partner with them to help deve
lop spiritual foundations in their child’s life.
· Be available to children and parents to minister as needed.
Bottom Line: Building relationships is a key principle for reaching today’s generation of young families.