How strong is my child’s faith? Will they be a disciple of Christ 10 years from now? I need to ask myself these questions as a parent and as a Children’s Minister.
Mark Harper from SuperChurch.com hit home with this challenge for parents and children’s ministry leaders:
What can I do to insure that kids stay in church when they become adults?
What can I do to prepare the kids for youth ministry?
What does a spiritually strong 10-year-old look like?
What types of skills do they have?
Your list may differ from mine, but this is what I want to see in my 5th graders:
1. Salvation – I want my kids to be really be converted. If you are not leading kids
to Christ you are just an entertainer or a babysitter.
2. Devotions – My kids have the ability to read the Bible for themselves and get something out of it. (Without this skill they are doomed.)
3. Prayer – My kids have confidence in their prayer life. They know how to pray and get answers to their prayers.
4. Church – My kids attend church weekly.
5. Ministry –My kids are actively involved in ministry using their gifts in the church.
6. Friends – My kids have strong Christian friends in the church.
7. Worship – My kids are passionate worshippers of Jesus Christ. They are not concerned about what their peers think.
8. Holy Spirit – My kids know how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and want to obey Him.
9. Leadership – My kids are not just followers, but they are leaders. They don’t run to their parents for every decision. They know how to think for themselves and make wise choices.
10. Evangelism – My kids have a heart for the lost. They don’t just focus on their friends at church, but they reach out to new kids. They know how to pray the prayer of salvation with a peer.
Please don’t tell me that they can’t happen, because I have seen hundreds of ten-year-olds reach these goals.
If my kids can do it, then your kids can do it, but it begins with you.
King Solomon said, “Without a vision the people perish.”
These goals are not just going to happen because they should happen. It begins with you.
What do you see for your kids?
Get a vision for the kids in your class (home).
See them accomplishing great things for God.
If you don’t have a vision for them, then who will?