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Taking a Non-traditional Approach to Children's Ministry

L.I.T. (Leaders In Training) takes a non-traditional approach to children’s ministry.

Most curriculums are knowledge-based, where children are taught stories and information about the Bible 72according to their developmental learning styles.

In many cases, Christian resource providers have adopted this secular education model.

L.I.T. focuses more on what a child can do through the work of the Holy Spirit in their life.

Children at a very young age can begin developing a steady walk with Christ through daily Bible study and prayer.

A partnership between parents and the church has proven to be very effective in developing spiritual disciplines at home.

What children have studied at home is being reinforced during disciple group time by leaders who are models leading by example.

As a group progresses throughout the year, the leader intentionally gives more and more responsibility to the children in the group.

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Only Half of our Kids Are Doing Daily Quiet Times ☹

I was talking to a Children’s Minister recently about how things were going at her church.

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She told me that she was really discouraged. She was thinking that what they were doing was not really working…until she sat down with the kids.

She said, “I sat down with them one night and asked them about their spiritual lives, and I was blown away! I could not believe the depth of their spiritual maturity.”

She was four months into her new leadership ministry for children.  

“Praise the Lord!” I said.

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You Are Asking to Much of These Kids!

Several years ago, I was approached by a deacon’s wife in my church.AdobeStock 101174553

She said, “Clint, you are asking too much of these kids to require them to do a daily quiet time.”

She was a friend. I said, “Julie, it is a good thing for your daughter to have a daily quiet time.”

Well, about three month later, she came to me and said:

“You were right! I see a change in Amy’s life. You warned us not to give up, and you were correct.”

How dare me to require a child to do a daily quiet time! 😊

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Step Five: Becoming an Effective Small Group Leader—"You Do!”

I want to challenge you today as you read this article. Look at children according to their potential, not at where they are AdobeStock 111600961 1today.
 
I must be honest, some kids in my church have driven me crazy at times—especially the kids with ADD like me.
 
They can really test my patience. But they can also become great leaders in the church, in ministry, and in small groups.
 
There is a young man (Richard) who works for me and has come up through the ranks in the church.

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