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When considering the idea of getting kids into God’s Word, the same principle applies. When you talk about what you see in the Bible as amazing, and begin to draw out of it the stories that are written and how it impacts your life today, it’s catchy.
Every year in the run-up to camp, I get so frustratingly busy that I end up thinking of all the reasons in the world why our church shouldn’t go next year. It’s expensive, it’s messy to organize, not every child can attend, and it’s annoying to chase down parents. Yet each year, as I pull into the crowded parking lot of the campground, I begin to realize that all the hard work is worth it.
The involvement of the Holy Spirit is crucial in a child’s life. John 14:26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” If a child is to experience anything in the Christian life that has eternal value, the Holy Spirit is involved. The Holy Spirit is vital to a child. He is the One rooting for them, and kids need to know that.
Every weekend, children’s pastors around the world lead a simple prayer of salvation. We call it the sinners prayer, and I’m sure that you have prayed it too. It can be broken down into three simple phases: the confession of sin, belief in Jesus, and a commitment to Jesus-following. Admit, believe, confess, and done! You are now a Christian. But what does it mean for kids to become “Jesus followers”? Does it really begin with a simple decision? And where do we go from there?
Equipping kids as leaders begins with making space for them to serve. Giving opportunity for children to lead also means you as a leader have to become vulnerable. As desperate as those of us in children’s ministry are for help, we are sometimes our own worst enemy when it comes to giving up control and trusting others to oversee responsibilities. That apprehension is multiplied when we think of giving responsibility to children.
In Alton Garrison’s book, A Spirit-Empowered Church, he describes different levels of disciples with the highest level being reproducers. Is it possible for a child to fully understand that when he discovers something new about God, he should pass it on to others?