We noted some concerning trends in kids ministry in Part One. However, in light of the fact that God is always in command, we are encouraged by the following trends that preview a very bright future in kids ministry…or at least the opportunity to point kids and their families to Jesus.
“Churches are seeing the need to have a programming side of ministry as well as an education side. This division is very healthy and allows associates and staff to focus in the area of their strengths. Preteen ministries are getting a lot of talk now. The need for specialized personnel in this area is getting the attention of church leaders.”
-Chad Overton – First Baptist Church- Houston, TX
“There is a positive trend in kids ministry and churches, in general, towards gospel-centricity. More and more churches are moving from ‘Show courage because Daniel showed courage,’ statements to ‘Stand in awe of Jesus and be courageous in light of what He’s done for us’ statements.”
-Jonathan Hansen – Passion City Church – Atlanta, GA
“While I don’t believe that family ministry itself is a trend, I think how we are currently implementing it is. The most exciting part of this is that I think it will continue to get better as it stylistically changes. The church as a whole seems to be listening to parents about what their needs as they disciple their children and designing resources to fit those needs. Families are getting closer and growing stronger, and I pray we can continue to minister in a way that nurtures this.
Multigenerational curriculum, I love the concept of having families equipped to talk as they leave church. Publishers seem to have found a sweet spot with making age appropriate curriculum that can tie the strings of many ages together each Sunday. The effect is not only great for the family, but awesome for the churches who are using it. I am seeing a tearing down of ministry silos in those churches who use this format, ministries are on the same page as the families and it seems to be a more cohesive leadership environment.”
– Heidi Hensley – Bayside Church – Sacramento, CA
“I believe that senior leadership in the Church is sensing God’s heart for the next generation now, like never before. Children’s ministry is far more than a babysitting service. It’s becoming an incubator for raising up disciples and teaching them the importance of being passionate about Jesus.”
-Chad Owens – Real Life Church – Valencia, CA
Thanks to our KidMin contributors for lending their voices.
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What do you see on the horizon as a positive trend in KidMin?