by Mark Entzminger/ August 14, 2015
“Evangelism” is a word that can make even seasoned believers nervous. While kids are oftentimes much more bold when it comes to evangelism than we are as adults, there are certain things that can definitely keep them from confidently sharing their faith.
Three Challenges Kids Face When Sharing Their Faith
Here are three challenges kids face when sharing their faith and how you as a kids’ ministry leader can help kids overcome them:
1. The fear of being bullied. If we’re being honest, this is a fear most adults struggle with as well. In those times, we must remember that even Jesus was rejected. The story of Jesus and the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16–22 gives a great picture of this. While bullies can be ruthless, it’s important to remind kids that even when we are rejected, we’re blessed. Matthew 5:11–12 says, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (ESV).
2. Not knowing what to say or having all the answers. In Luke 12, Jesus talks to his followers about being a witness. Verses 11 and 12 should be a comfort, “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (ESV). If God can speak through a donkey like he did in Numbers 22:28, helping His people speak should be no problem for Him! We should teach kids to trust that the Holy Spirit will help them whenever they share their faith with others.
3. They have trouble communicating their personal relationship with God. When kids recognize how God is working in their lives, it’s easier to communicate that to their friends and family. As a kids’ ministry leader, you can help kids unpack some of the ways God is working in their hearts with the questions you ask: What have you learned about God lately? What was one time recently you felt like God was trying to say something you? Who can you talk to when you feel like God is talking to you?When it comes to sharing our faith, success isn’t measured in the outcome, but in our obedience to follow the command of Christ. Teaching this truth to kids at an early age can help them establish a foundation of evangelism throughout their lifetime.