Relationships are undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of our lives. What would it look like if we could set our children up to relate differently from their earliest stages: to have friendships that build up rather than tear down, to have healthy and appropriate boundaries, to handle conflict in ways that create more depth in relationships? Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar, joins the podcast to discuss social milestones we believe all kids need to reach, and are reaching in lesser degrees today than ever before. If we can teach the kids we love to relate differently today, it will change the fabric of their lives into adulthood as friends, spouses, co-workers and even parents themselves.
Today’s guest is Sam Luce, Children’s Pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica, NY. This conversation is all about discipleship. Discipleship should not primarily be viewed through a programmatic lens. Discipleship is a process and journey of becoming more like Jesus. We must recognize that in order to be a discipler, we must first, be a disciple. Sam & Chuck unpack how this reality impacts how we lead kids and parents in our ministries.
#4 Great Kids Ministers Connect with Kids and Their Families
For years we’ve been adamant about teaching Bible content and making application of that content to the daily lives of kids. I’m all for that! But as I personally look back on my experiences as a child and even as an adult, the thing that stands out most is not the Bible stories taught or event the application given. What stand out the most is the relationships that have been built with those who were teaching me Bible content and life application.
Connecting with Kids and their families will define your ministry. Time spent with people is an investment, to your personal life and to your ministry. Great Kids ministers exercise this habit on a regular basis.
At the end of the day, it really isn’t how much you know, how well you know it, or even how well you execute what you know… It’s true, “they don’t really care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Bottom Line: Connecting with Kids and their families is a priority for great Kids ministers!
What are some things you’ve done to make connections with the people in your ministry?