Over the past two months, I have been working as the Kids Director at my local church. These kids range from kindergarten to fifth grade.
In two short months, I have gone from never working with kids to developing a heart that deeply cares and desires to invest in our next generation.
I am no expert when it comes to Kids Ministry, but I wanted to take some time to share what I have learned so far. This learning is not a reflection of exclusively head knowledge, but it is reflective of a heart that has expanded its horizons to love and invest in the lives of children.
Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” How children are trained up will help determine who they become as adults. I take my role as a Kids Director serious because helping to train up a child is a serious matter.
The following is a compilation of things my eyes have been opened to and my heart has been convicted of over the past couple of months:
- Investment in children alters the trajectory of future generations.
- Kids are not an inconvenience, but we inconvenience them when we neglect to teach them the word of God.
- Children are like sponges; they absorb the influence surrounding them. In a world that influences kids to abandon Jesus, we need to proactively influence kids to pursue Him.
- If we neglect to train up children to love God, we are blind to the stewardship God has called us to.
- Don’t ever discredit a child because of their age.
- If you don’t feel the immense weight of leading kids, then you don’t accurately understand your responsibility to lead them.
- Children don’t need us to be a poor imitation of the world; they need us to be devoted followers of Christ.
- Children don’t just learn from us, but we learn from them. Sometimes they act as the window through which we most clearly see the love of Christ.
- We need to help kids understand the holistic view of Scripture. Not that they need faith like Abraham or should slay a giant like David did, but that each character and each story within the Scriptures are a part of God’s grand redemptive plan.
The importance of investing in kids cannot be overstated enough. When we invest in kids, we are investing in them as people who will one day become adults. We don’t just teach them the Bible so they can memorize it for the sake of memorization. We do those things so they will grow into adults who love the Lord and invest in the next generation just as they were invested in.