The church is an interesting place. If I told the church that there was a man with three children dying of cancer and his wife and kids needed help, I would have more people than we need ministering to them. Any time there is a natural disaster anywhere in the world I find myself proud to be part of the local church, that is eager to go and help clean up, serve food, and send funding. If I told the church body next week about a woman in prostitution looking for safety from her pimp, we would spring into action in love and protection be she a believer or not, because that is what the church does. But here is the truth, the church has children in there every week who are developing, figuring out what they believe, learning what real love looks like, learning about ministry and what it means, and deciding the kind of men and women they will become. Studies tell us they will have figured this out in large part by the age of 8, by 13 they will almost completely have decided what they believe and who they are, and we as a church need to respond.
Children’s ministry church wide tends to have the greatest need for people to serve, and the least people willing to serve in it. My children’s ministry magazines are filled with “how to recruit, the volunteer problem, and helping people fall in love with Children’s Ministry articles. I don’t know why we don’t get it, but we don’t. So here are my top 3 reasons to serve in kids ministry.
1. I could say kids learn about God, but Duh. We know that. Of course kids learn about God. But it’s more than that. These are the years they decide what they believe about God and who the person of Jesus is. Do you really not want to be a part of that in the lives of the people?
2. I serve in children’s ministry today because of men and women like Ross and Suzette Rogers, Shirley Moore, Larry and Jane Green, Durenda Williams, the Turkettes, Vicki Raney, and many more I cannot name. If you are one of these people, thank you. Because here’s the deal, they had no idea I was questioning who God was and had no idea what love looked like; they had no idea because of who my family was in the church. I watched these leaders, and model my life and marriage after them today.
3. When I moved into Big Church as a teen and adult I felt I belonged because of the familiar faces I knew. I had Sr Adults who had been like grandparents to me, and many mom and dad figures. Our Worship Pastor Ross, and Sr Pastor James never shied away from the kids ministry, so I knew them also. The church was never a scary or unfamiliar place with these people there.
So this is my heart. This is why I serve and lead in this ministry and why I find it to be some completely important. It’s all about God and showing him. You will NEVER hear me rant on political agenda’s on this blog, or any other stupid non essential to the faith. Why, because it simply doesn’t matter that much. We can agree to agree or disagree on all of it. I’m here to tell you, what I care about in my Christian faith in following God and showing Him to others. This is one of the best ways I know how to do it. Plain and Simple.