What would our kids’ faith look like if Children’s Ministry were about instilling virtues? What would happen if we let go of our preconceived notions about faith and looked at God through our kids’ eyes?
In Mark, Jesus says, “In order to enter the kingdom of heaven, you have to become like a child.”
Kids are not somehow less able to encounter God because they are developmentally younger. In fact, Jesus says quite the opposite; it’s up to us grown-ups to become more like kids.
The mission of Children’s Ministries is to encourage, engage and equip children, and their families, to be alive in Christ and in the world.
It is our belief that everyone in our congregation is a children’s minister. Children’s Ministry is the responsibility of all of us. And that ministry starts by asking, “Where is God in this situation, and how would a child experience God here?”
Children’s Ministry isn’t about having the right answers, and it isn’t about teaching kids to have adult-like faith. It’s about building a bridge between families and the church. It’s about empowering parents to take the lead role in raising their kids in the faith. It’s about recognizing that what happens at home is more important than what happens in the classroom.
It’s about becoming a congregation of children’s ministers. You are a children’s minister.