I think one of the most important things we should do as Kids ministers is help equip boys and girls to live out the faith, day by day. It’s called DISCIPLESHIP and I’m afraid that many of our churches have forgotten that portion of the Great Commission, “…make disciples…” We are simply hoping/praying that the kids in our ministries get there, somehow.
It’s really not all that difficult… and to tell you the truth, it’s a whole lot of fun… but somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the “time” to really disciple kids. I’ve often said that children are the greatest blessing in the life of a family. That’s true of our church families, too. BUT WITH EVERY BLESSING COMES RESPONSIBILITY and I believe that the church is responsible to partner with parents to disciple boys and girls not only to conversion but, to become growing followers of Jesus (disciples).
So where do you start?
Perhaps the most important part of the disciple making challenge is helping kids to learn the value of reading God’s Word on a regular basis. The challenge includes not only reading, but learning what they read means, (both literally and to them personally). After the hearing, and the knowing, we want boys and girls to understand personal application and what that scripture is telling them to do. They cannot know if they have not heard (or read) and they will not do if they don’t understand.
Encourage, lead, teach, and yes, disciple kids to get into God’s Word. Help them know the value of having a daily time with God. Equip them with the tools that will allow them to be all that God plans for them to be.
Bottom Line: If we never teach kids to hear God’s Word for themselves (read and understand what they are reading), it becomes more difficult for them to join God in His plan for their lives.
May I recommend these daily devotional resources for Kids:
1st & 2nd Graders: More
3rd & 4th Graders: Adventure
Preteen 5th & 6th Graders: Bible Express