I recently finished teaching through the book of Jonah in our Children’s Church. I began to see some big themes in Jonah that I had missed before. Here is an outline of what I taught, it will need some adaptation
Why is children's ministry so important?
We get lots of of questions about local church ministry. Here are the most common for church leaders serving in the children's department.
1. Kids ministry can grow your church 🌱
Children's ministry is an important part of growing a church. 1st children are the future of the church. It is crucial that we nurture and cultivate their faith from a young age so that they can continue to grow and thrive in their spiritual journey as they get older. Additionally, children's ministry provides a great opportunity for outreach. By providing a safe and welcoming environment for kids, we can attract families who may not be otherwise involved in the church to come and check us out. And finally, ministering to the needs of families with young children helps to create a strong and supportive community within the church bodies. When parents have somewhere to turn for help and support raising their kids with Christian faith in the Bible. A strong kids mininistry will organiclly build up your youth ministry as elementary aged children move into Middle School and High School.
2. Ministry to children makes an eternal impact ✝️
Children's ministry is one of the most important ministries in the church. It helps kids learn about God and how to begin a personal relationship with Him. Kids come to faith in Jesus through Bible lessons, memory verses, singing songs, and sharing prayer requests with their friends. Each week, they grow closer to God and learn more about His love for them. 🙏🏾 Parents play a vital role in their child's faith journey as well. They can talk with their kids about what they learned in children's ministry and help them apply it to their lives. Praying together as a family is also a great way to encourage kids in their faith. Read more statistics on children's ministry.
3. Kids matter to Jesus Christ 😇
There are many Bible passages that mention how Jesus loved spending time with them and blessed them. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." This shows us that Jesus valued children very much and saw them as an important part of His ministry. We also see in Mark 10:13-16 that when people brought their children to Jesus to be blessed, He was very gracious and loving towards them. He even laid His hands on them and prayed for them. This shows us that He saw children as precious to God, worthy of love, and a prioiry in the Kingdom of God. Read Bible verses about Jesus and what Jesus said about kids.
How can you boost your children's ministry?
1. Growing your children's ministry should be a priority.👀
Church should focus on children's ministry outreach because it is one of the most effective ways to share the gospel. According to a study by The Barna Group, 88% of people who accept Christ do so before the age of 18. That's a pretty significant number, and it shows that investing in children's ministry is worth it. ⛪ Children are also more receptive to the gospel than adults. They're not as jaded by the world, and they're more likely to ask questions about God and Christianity. So reaching out to kids at church is a great way to introduce them to Jesus and help them grow in their faith.
2. Providing a fun and safe environment for kids is essential for local churches.⛪
Parents should expect their children to be safe while in our care. We want them to have fun and experience all that God has to offer, but we also understand that safety is a priority for parents. As ministry leaders and children's pastors, we do our best to create an environment where kids can learn and grow without having to worry about their safety.
3. Outreach events and programs can grow your children's ministry outreach.⚽
There are many great outreach programs that can help grow your children's ministry. One great program is sports outreach. This involves taking your church's message to kids through a sport they're interested in. You can set up clinics or tournaments and have a booth where kids can learn more about your church. Another great outreach program is Vacation Bible School (VBS). This is a week-long event where children come to your church to learn about the Bible. VBS often includes songs, games, crafts, and stories that teach children about Jesus Christ. Many churches also offer day camps throughout the year, which are a great way to reach out to your local community.