Is your church’s children’s ministry a holding room or a training facility?
In their book Creature of the Word, Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson and Eric Geiger explain the importance of teaching the gospel to children.
“Some children’s ministries are simply viewed as child care, which is most tragic when we understand the blessed vulnerability of children. Why would we be content to provide child care while mom and dad, who are far less likely to realize their own weakness, are somewhere else being taught the Christian faith? No, this is the time to lovingly melt the hearts of children with the good news of Jesus. With children especially, we must help them see that the goal of the Commandments was much deeper than tweaked behavior.”
Anyone in a church leadership position, not just youth or children’s ministers, needs to consider whether or not they are simply keeping people busy until the next event on the calendar or if they are training them up as disciples. Creature of the Word is a helpful resource for those who are committed to the latter.