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Four Highest Priorities of Children's Ministry

Four Highest Priorities of a Children’s Minister

If you are like me, children’s ministry keeps you very busy. So many times, I have found myself in the tyranny of the urgent, putting out fires and moving from one fire to the next. childrens ministryYou must have your priorities in order to see success. Here are four priorities that will help you keep a clear focus:

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How Are You Prioritizing Children in your Church who Know Christ?

Fourteen years ago, I started a position in a church in Fort Worth, Texas, as their Minister to PrioritiesChildren. As I walked the halls that first Sunday, I noticed a group of 6th graders huddled under a table in their Sunday school classroom. I stopped by and asked them, “What are you guys doing?” They said, “We are acting out the story of Noah’s ark.” Reality struck me at that moment that these are 6th graders were about to head into the student ministry of my church, and they are still learning the same stories they learned in preschool. We were still feeding them milk and not the meat of the Word of God. I began to question at that time if children could learn the deeper things of Scripture and develop a more intimate personal relationship with Christ.

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Five Essentials to Making Disciples of Children

Five Essentials to Making Disciples of Children

As the Lord prepared to return to Heaven after His years on Earth, His last command was for His followers to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Eric Geiger says, “A church canMaking Disciples excel at anything and everything else, but if the church fails to make disciples, she has wandered from her fundamental reason for existence.”[1] How do we do this with children? It doesn’t come through teaching only; it comes through engaging them in ministry. We must be cautious in embracing the idea of a secular education model to disciple children. Simply flooding a child’s mind with knowledge of Scripture doesn’t bring transformation. Nicki Stranza warns, “School is designed to cram information in our kids’ heads. Experience is more effective in creating an opportunity for thinking and evaluation.”[2] The church isn’t a school; it is the body of Christ on mission. Here are five essentials for discipling and seeing the lives of children transformed:

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Join us on the Journey as we Empower the Next Generation

“Once the importance of service is engrained in the fiber of your being, it is nearly impossible to get out. Whenever I joined the student ministry at my church, it was natural to serve in whatever capacity was Next Generation 1available. Because I was given the opportunity to serve through L.I.T. at a young age, I was prepared to serve in different positions as I advanced throughout my time within the student ministry and now into college ministry. I have been serving in the church since I was in 5th grade, nearly 10 years ago I started as an usher.” —Joel Hayworth (College Junior), Ozark, Missouri (To read Joel’s full story, click here.)

We want to invite you to join us on the journey of L.I.T. In the past 14 years, we have witnessed the power of the Gospel in the lives of children and students. You might ask what is different about L.I.T. Ministries. L.I.T. is not a program but a process by which to reach children with the Gospel of Christ and to disciple, equip, and release them in ministry.

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