Okay, we have talked about the first model of being a great disciple group leader—being a model for your class or group of what the Christian life looks like (”I Do, You Watch”).
That means you do everything.
You are submitted to the lordship of Christ, you do your daily quiet times, you teach, you pray for them, you memorize the verse, and you take records.
All the while, they watch and observe.
The challenge here as I have explained to you before, is that you cannot stay here.
If you get stuck in the teaching style where you do everything and the kids just sit and listen—you have a problem.
If you are a perfectionist like me, it is really hard to share responsibility with others.
That was my problem years ago when I first started out in children’s ministry. I was at a small church.
I guess I was a little bit OCD.
When it came to setting up the chairs for children’s church, I loved the square titles on the floor.
They were perfect for lining up the chairs in a nice, clean, straight row. It was great until the kids showed up and got them out of alignment.
I was the worst!
When I first started out in children’s ministry, I had no training at all.
I was put into the children’s church and told not to come out until the adult worship service was over.
Not really, but you know what I mean!
I had no earthly idea how to take a group of kids on a journey of spiritual growth.
I knew God had called me to work with kids, so I did the best I could by following His leadership. It sure did keep me on my knees a lot praying for wisdom.
If you are like me, when I chose curriculum or resources for the kids in my church, I had a simple plan…
If the cover looked really cool, I bought it!
Most of the time, I found out later on that the content was shallow.
What if you could partner with parents in the discipleship of their children?
What if the children’s ministry in your church was one that heavily embraced children as younger brothers and sisters in Christ?
What if leaders looked at a child with the conviction that they are discipling and equipping this child to minister?
What if every child that went through your ministry was given creative opportunities to serve and minister to others using their gifts?