“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?
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?
Wisdom demands it.