Our number one goal in all of kids ministry is and should be to create an environment in which kids can begin/continue to learn about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Obviously, we want boys and girls to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. But, we need to remember what is “our job” and what is “God’s job!” We don’t “save” anybody. However, God has called us to be faithful in laying foundations and planting seeds that lead to salvation so that kids learn about following Jesus and how to become part of His “forever family” at God’s chosen time.
It is at this point that I ask permission to give you a word of caution as well as affirmation. I am always excited when kids leaders take seriously the task of being evangelistic. However, let me make some observations that I hope will help you:
Try This: Be prepared to counsel individually with kids who ask questions about becoming a Christian.
Not That: Counsel kids about salvation in groups. Your verbal children will do all of the talking and some will do nothing but agree with what someone else says.
Try This: Use a response card for kids during a time of “decision” making in a small or large group. Follow up individually with kids who indicate any or all of these responses: (1) Just need to talk with someone; (2) Would like to pray with someone; (3) Would like more information about becoming a Christian.
Not That: Ask for a show of hands from those who are interested in finding out more about becoming a Christian. Peer pressure is alive and well.
Try This: Constantly remind your kids that you are available to talk about anything, especially learning more about Jesus.
Not That: Be unapproachable. Kids feel more comfortable with someone with whom they have developed a relationship. They are not so comfortable with leaders who are very rigid and don’t seem to have time for things other than what is in the curriculum
We’d love to hear about some of your stories in sharing the gospel with kids and how they respond!