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Many years ago while writing “Focus On Children,” my research included the study of educational theory and practice. Writers agreed, although percentages varied, that children retain little of what they hear, more of what they hear and see, and much more of what they hear, see, and do. From that time until now, I have incorporated strong illustration and involvement components in every lesson.
Embracing God’s grace is one of the most fundamental aspects of our journey to follow Him. However, it can also be one of the most difficult. It’s easy to fall back into the trap of thinking we have to earn our way into God’s love, or work towards pleasing Him rather than living our lives in a way that resonates the truth that He loves us no matter what.
If we truly want the kids in our ministry to understand the depth of God’s love, we must teach them about the limitlessness of His grace. For example—have you ever had one of your kids respond to the call for salvation every time you present it? This is fairly common in kids’ ministry. Many kids go through a season of questioning their salvation. This is why grace is such an important concept to teach them.
Kids are growing up in a remarkable world. They enjoy unprecedented access to information and entertainment while exploring new frontiers of social justice. For better or for worse the Internet is changing the way children think, care, and connect with others. Kids also live in a world that is spiritually obtuse: tolerance is considered the ultimate virtue, but that tolerance doesn’t extend to Christian morality.
One of the biggest mistakes church leaders make in evaluating their ministry is being satisfied with the items that are the easiest to measure. To measure your ministry success, you must include more than how many show up, how often they show up, if the volunteers stayed at their posts, and if every child that was dropped off was returned to their parent.