We had hit the end of our midweek program, and I was completely exhausted.
I hate to say it, but I was praising God that it was over.
Nine months straight of Wednesday evenings, and I just wasn’t seeing a lot of fruit for such a labor-intensive program.
For all the work we were doing, it wasn’t making much of a difference in the lives of the kids in our church.
I wasn’t experiencing much joy in this journey either.
Fast forward five years to May 2002.
I was called to a children’s pastor position in Fort Worth, Texas.
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 according 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.
I was talking to a Children’s Minister recently about how things were going at her church.
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.
Several years ago, I was approached by a deacon’s wife in my church.
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! 😊