“Children are hungry for God, their Creator.
Children want to feel God’s presence.
Children want to hear God’s voice.
Children want to experience God’s power.”
Redefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century
Imagine with me…
- A child walks into a hospital, lays hands on a cancer patient, and prays for healing the patient. The patient leaves the hospital cancer free the same day.
- An elementary student ministers the gospel of Jesus Christ to a group of students during recess. She begins discipleship during their free time. The new converts in Christ then take the message home to their parents, changing the environment of their home forever..
- A young boy who hears and sees clearly from God is given a vision for a lady at the grocery store. He courageously approaches the lady to share the vision with her. The lady begins to cry because of the accuracy of the child’s words.
Acts 2:17 says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions…” You will notice there is no age restrictions in this verse.
Allow me to help you to change your mind about the spiritual capacity of your child. We introduce solids to our infants at six months old, but the body of Christ is guilty of feeding children the milk of God’s word until they reach 12 and 13 years old. This ideology fails to produce committed disciples of our faith.
Change your mind about the spiritual capacity of your child.
We must give our children the meat of God’s word as we begin teaching them their ABC’s and 123’s. Using object lessons, allowing children to activate their faith, and giving them the chance to experience God’s presence are beautiful ways to create an unbreakable bond between our Holy God and His child.
Just the Facts
- The foundations of a child’s belief system are established in the first 5 years of life, and everything he learns from then on is filtered through this belief system. (Let the Children Pray, Esther Ilnisky pg. 41)
- Among the young people who say they are Christian, only 35 percent indicate that they are “absolutely committed to the Christian faith.” (Real Teens, George Barna pg. 33)
- One survey estimates that less than 1 out of 3 teenagers plans on continuing to attend church after they leave home. (Real Teens, George Barna pg. 136)