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Empower Kids for Ministry Using the Ezekiel Principle

Ezekiel Principle

If you are like me, you have struggled with finding leadership in your church weekly, monthly, and anytime there is a large event. While doing my doctoral studies, it hit me one day: When a child is only allowed to sit and listen in a classroom for eighteen years, the results are the same every time. They become adults and parents who do not want to serve, not because they are lazy, but because they were not taught as children that they had value in the body of Christ and gifts to use for His glory. There is an old saying, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” From Ezekiel 47:1-9, we see five phases of spirituality that I call The Ezekiel Principle: on the bank, ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, and swimming. In order to take a person into the spiritual depths with God, we must move them from the bank of the river into the deep end and fully submitting to God. This is what we taught our leadership, and we saw a new passion and excitement in the lives of our children, preteens, and students.

 

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Taking Children on "A Journey of Prayer"

Journey of Prayer“I thought you were crazy when you announced that we would be praying for an hour and a half with the kids. I did not think that second grade boys could pray that long. I was totally wrong. They prayed the whole time with excitement.” This was the response from one of our leaders years ago when we took children on what we call “A Journey of Prayer.” We set aside one evening and set up our classrooms as prayer stations.

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"A Journey of Prayer" for Children

Journey of Prayer“I thought you were crazy when you announced that we would be praying for an hour and a half with the kids. I did not think that second grade boys could pray that long. I was totally wrong. They prayed the whole time with excitement.” This was the response from one of our leaders years ago when we took children on what we call “A Journey of Prayer.” We set aside one evening and set up our classrooms as prayer stations.

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Five Steps to Grow Kids Spiritually

Five Steps to Grow Kids SpirituallyAfter 28 years of working with children, I have found five effective steps that bring spiritual growth and transformation in the lives of children. In the summer of 2002, I tested the water with kids for the first time, teaching them five basic spiritual disciplines that I learned from NavPress® and MasterLife by Avery T. Willis. I didn’t learn these five disciplines until I was an adult, and they brought amazing change in my own life, so I wanted to teach them to kids, too. That summer, they learned these five steps or disciplines, which resulted in exponential growth that I had not seen in kids before. Here are the five steps we taught and walked through together:

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