I believe the most important element of any kids ministry is NOT…how many kids are enrolled in Bible study; the number of volunteers in a ministry; how many kids enroll in VBS; the size of summer camp; how many things are on the kidmin calendar; whether or not you sponsor a kidmin mission trip; it’s NOT EVEN… what kind of curriculum philosophy is embraced!
I believe the most important element of any kids ministry IS…the leaders personal relationship with Jesus! Don’t get me wrong, I think that some of the listed "nots" are good and important and to be honest… a direct result of ones personal relationship with Jesus… but apart from YOUR personal relationship with God… those things become "clanging cymbals."
God wants to teach the boys and girls (and the volunteers, too) in YOUR ministry from the overflow of what he’s taught you in YOUR heart during YOUR personal Bible study and quiet time. I realize this isn’t anything new nor is it some great revelation but I also realize if we’re not careful, OUR personal time alone with God can be the first thing that gets crowded out by good intentions and a sincere desire to serve Him. I don’t ever want to get so busy serving Him that I don’t spend time with Him.
MyStudyBible.com is a resource that I believe might help you in YOUR personal Bible study and YOUR Bible study preparation. There you’ll find the HCS Bible, study Bible notes, word studies, Matthew Henry’s concise Bible commentary, and even a video player with noted Bible study leaders sharing insights. Did I mention it’s FREE!
If you don’t know about MyStudyBible.com, take the time to visit the site and get registered so you can explore the different helps and options; play around with the freebies and see if this tool’s for you!