Your ministry exists to help kids hear the gospel. Every kids ministry wants to impact the lives of kids and families in their community. How can you do that? Impact the lives of the kids in your church and you can impact the lives of their friends.
Build Relationships – Know the kids who come to your class or who are involved in your ministry.
- Know each kid’s name…and how to spell it. Some names are spelled in unusual ways. Spelling a kid’s name correctly shows you\’ve taken the effort to know him.
- Listen when a child tells you something. And remember what he says. Remember what he likes to do. Know that he has siblings. (And try to remember their names.) These details are important. Jot them down in a notebook if you need help remembering. Taking an effort to listen and know about a child’s life shows care.
- Know about their world. Watch some of their TV shows. Read some of their books and magazines. Listen to some of their music. Be aware of what’s in their world. When they mention a favorite show or movie, ask what they liked about it. Show an interest in their interests.
Focus on Spiritual Development – Help create a ministry that’s more than just somewhere to have fun.
- Teach the Bible. Guide kids to learn who God is and how He is working. Don’t just teach the facts; help them see God’s character. From the early years, kids can begin to learn about God’s love for them. As they grow, they can understand more about God’s plan of redemption through Jesus. Look for opportunities to help them truly know the gospel message.
- Pray for them. Pray for each child by name. Pray for their families and their friends. Pray for their understanding of God and Jesus.
When your ministry is fueled by relationships and powered by the Word, kids will want to be a part of it. And they will want to tell their friends and invite them to be a part, too.
How are you impacting the lives of kids in your ministry? How are you impacting your community?
Great article with practical advice. I think balancing spiritual development with relationship and not going to far overboard on one side or the other is the key to developing a healthy ministry!