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While nursery has its challenges, it is the most important ministry within your church. As children's leaders, it is easy to neglect the nursery ministry, because the children are infants and tend to have a very short attention span. However, these early years of our children's lives are the most formative years, where we can be building a strong foundation of faith. Here are a few tips on how to create a nursery environment that will build a foundation of faith for a lifetime.
The 8 Goals for Kids of the Assemblies of God features eight elements which should be included regularly in the spiritual diet of the children in our churches. Yet, the one goal that many teachers seem just a bit afraid to teach is for kids to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and to be Spirit empowered. Because of this fear, many times this one goal is left off the kids’ spiritual menu. With Kidmin leaders not including this instruction on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, their kids have to wait until kids’ camp before they can be offered this portion of their spiritual diet.
In Spreading the Fire, Scott Wilson and John Bates lay out a plan to have our Pentecostal expression for the modern day. They show the reader how to be “naturally supernatural” when manifesting the more charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. It’s still deeply spiritual, rooted in Scripture, and undeniably Pentecostal.
I love the times when I can see on the faces of kids when they are having their own personal encounter with the Spirit of God. If we as Kidmin leaders fail to jealously pursue these sacred moments, we will easily move forward with simpler things each week and miss opportunities that can leave an indelible mark for a lifetime.
This is the first in a series of eight articles on the 8 Goals of Children’s Ministries. The following focuses on “Powerful in Prayer.” Because of the importance of being intentional in teaching and modeling prayer for children, this article offers three simple steps that will help build confident, praying kids: present, participate, and provide.
The heart behind JBQ—the reason all 576 questions were written in the first place—was because leaders in the Assemblies of God feared a time when children would become biblically illiterate. There was initially no goal of taking teams to a national competition. because they were concerned with what would happen if kids associated winning and losing with the Word of God. So let’s go back to the heart of JBQ by implementing 10 steps that will reinforce the true “heart of JBQ.”