One thing seems to take a back seat in kids ministry. Even as a kid’s pastor, I failed to preach its importance. While we may have lots of good curriculum and opportunities for “mountain-top” experiences, like VBS or camp, a critical ingredient is often missing in our plans to help children grow in their faith in Jesus.
I’m not talking about a one-page take-home piece that’s thrown in with a craft or coloring sheet as parents pick up their kids from Sunday school or small groups. I’m talking about a devotional guide. Something that kids put in their Bible or in their backpack. A strategically crafted work that connects with a specific demographic.
Here are a three reasons that devos are important.
1) They teach kids to spend one-on-one time with God.
Corporate worship and small group community are critical, but so is time with God in isolation from the world. Matthew 6:6 gives a clear directive, not to mention that Jesus himself modeled this.
2) Devotionals get kids to open up their Bibles.
Kids need to learn to navigate Scripture so that they can navigate life.
3) A consistent devotional life tends to lead to a consistent walk with Jesus.
God seems to place rhythms in our lives. From annual celebrations and remembrances, to a weekly Sabbath flow, to the daily patterns mentioned in Deuteronomy 6, finding a rhythm in our Christian walk is important. Daily devotionals will help to establish that.
Check out these Devotions for Kids. These are written by people who have kids in these age-groups and understand the importance of a devoted life to Jesus.
Jeffrey Reed serves as the Director of Kids Ministry for Lifeway. He came to Lifeway with a wide variety of ministry experiences including worship leader, director of children’s ministry, and executive leadership in several growing congregations. Jeffrey’s posts will give your heart and brain a workout, just like the fitness Boot Camp he leads in the mornings for Lifeway employees. Jeffrey and his wife Katherine have four kids.