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How Do Children Find Purpose in the Church Today?

You might ask, why am I here? Why do I exist? For every child in the church today, there is a desire to find purpose and identity. Thinking even more deeply, how do we help a child find their purpose in Christ’s church, and do they Purpose in the Churchreally have a purpose at such a young age? I have wondered this myself. Like Jesus’ disciples, I was guilty of hindering children in their walk with Christ. I assumed that their faith was only about taking in information, not about expressing it. In reality, Jesus was speaking to me just as He spoke to His disciples who were with Him every day. Remember His scathing rebuke to His disciples when they hindered the children from coming to Him? “For of such is the kingdom” (Matt. 19:14). Maybe they didn’t see the children as persons to be heard, but only seen. I want to say this with all my heart, KIDS HAVE A PURPOSE IN THE CHURCH TODAY! In fact, children who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior especially do because God has gifted them for service. Here are a few steps you can take to make a shift in the way you minister with kids:

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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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