Wisdom for Your Wednesday

“My children, listen when your father corrects you. . . ” (Proverbs 4:1)

“My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.” (Proverbs 4:10)

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. . . for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20, 22)

Is there a right way to do children’s ministry?

Yes . . . and No. images

Let me explain.

When it comes to what programs various churches run for children, there are a million different ministries to choose from that ‘work.’ I have heard many a testimony from adults, strong in their faith, who would be advocates for a plethora of different children’s ministry programs.  Did some have Upward? Yes, but not all. Did some have Awana? Yes, but not all. Did some have RA’s and GA’s? Yes, but not all. Did some have children’s church? Yes, but not all. Did some use LifeWay curriculum? Yes, but not all. Did some attend VBS? Yes, but not all. Did some get saved & baptized at an early age? Yes, but not all. Did some have children’s choir? Yes, but not all.

Here’s my point: there is not a right way to do children’s ministry at a church in the sense that doing one ‘thing’ (program) over against another will guarantee childhood spiritual success. There is no proven ‘silver bullet.’

The Bible NEVER says anything about it. It is silent on what programs churches should offer for its children.

However, the Bible is CRYSTAL CLEAR about one particular thing regarding children’s ministry: Parents are called and equipped and designed by God to be the primary agents of spiritual education for their kids. God has communicated with crisp clarity that parents are make His ways known.

Does this mean that we should do away with children’s ministry and programs all together? Of course not. There are, by God’s grace, tons of tremendous tools He uses to affect spiritual transformation in the lives of our kids. However, NONE of them – NONE – are meant to EVER take the place of what mom and dad are called to do in the home.

The Word is silent on which church program is best for our children.

But it’s very clear on the role of moms and dads.

Parents, don’t spiritually educate your kids by just dropping them off at church. It might work. It might not. But really, it shouldn’t matter what we think does or doesn’t ‘work.’ God has made it clear that WE are the ones responsible for our children’s spiritual knowledge. They are to learn about God – primarily – from us.

How are you doing? I know I need help . . . BAD.

Is your view of children’s ministry informed by the Word?

Read Proverbs 4 and Deuteronomy 6. Let’s beg God to help us – as parents – to be diligent to do what He calls us to do for our children.

Wisdom demands it.

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom for Your Wednesday

  1. Libby says:

    You are exactly right. Parents are the ones who are responsible for their kids spiritual development. I also believe that most parents do not have a CLUE where to start or what they should do! It comes natural to a few. A few are just lucky. Most of us need(ed) alot of help knowing what to do to encourage our kid’s spiritual development, other than have them at the church house everytime the door is open. This is the method we used…

    I think most parents would be eager to learn more about how to encourage their kid’s spiritual development. Maybe through parenting groups and newsletters and blogs and specific, concrete suggestions. Parent Education.

  2. Rodney Wimberly says:

    “Parents, don’t spiritually educate your kids by just dropping them off at church. It might work. It might not. But really, it shouldn’t matter what we think does or doesn’t ‘work.’ God has made it clear that WE are the ones responsible for our children’s spiritual knowledge. They are to learn about God – primarily – from us.”

    This also includes our public schools, it is not a public school teacher’s job to teach our children how to pray. Think about it for a moment, do you really want some individual that you either know nothing about this individual’s spiritual beliefs, or perhaps worse yet an individual who has spiritual beliefs with which you vhemently disagree leading your children, teaching your children about prayer every morning?

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