By: Emilee Speier
As kids’ ministry leaders, we have a calling to minister to children. Yet, as we get busy planning lessons and leading groups, it is so easy to miss or ignore the kids who need us most. Especially coming off of VBS season in full swing, it is important that we remember that many of the children we interact with are carrying big hurts and desperately need the love of God.
So many kids are living in survival mode as they navigate uncertainty and change. They may feel confused or overwhelmed by situations or people in their lives and don’t know where to turn for help. It’s essential that we give kids a solid biblical foundation based off truth to teach them how to address difficult situations in their lives.
For many kids who attended VBS, this may have been their first exposure to the gospel, which makes our role of teaching children biblical truth so critical. Teaching kids how to depend on God, even amid trouble, will plant seeds of faith that will continue to grow even after VBS is over.Teaching kids how to depend on God, even amid trouble, will plant seeds of faith that will continue to grow even after VBS is over. Click To Tweet
Our job as the church is to acknowledge the troubles that children bring with them and show them that God can handle their pain. The Bible is full of hurting people who found peace amidst chaos by turning to Jesus. While we cannot solve all their problems, we can point kids to the Lord, who can comfort them and walk beside them.
As we wrap up VBS and follow up with families, pray that God will keep your heart receptive to the Holy Spirit. We have the amazing ability to provide a safe space for kids to share their concerns and be given the hope of the gospel. Don’t allow the distractions of transitioning to fall ministry keep you from missing an opportunity to talk to kids about how Jesus can change their lives. This summer, we have had the opportunity to show kids Jesus loves them equally on their best and worst days, and that His love can cover a multitude of mistakes and fears.
Emilee Speier is the Production Editor Intern for Lifeway Kids. She has volunteered in kids’ ministry as well as worked with children for several years. Emilee is currently a student at Regent University studying journalism and criminal justice. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing card games, and going to the beach.