Developing a Spirit-Empowered Kids Ministry

It starts with a spirit-empowered leader

by Joey Alcala/ April 27, 2016

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) 

There is no junior Holy Spirit. As a father of two elementary-age girls, this verse and statement has become real to me. Every morning on the way to school we acknowledge the Holy Spirit with a, “Good morning, Holy Spirit.” We have the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, through us, and for us. So how do we allow our kids ministries to walk in that power? Here are four ways to begin this amazing journey. 

Allow the Spirit to Lead

  • How do we start creating a spirit-empowered ministry? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the way. He will if you let him!
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to be active in the lives of our leaders.
  • Model a spirit-empowered life. Before we can have a spirit-empowered ministry, it starts with a spirit-empowered leader. 
  • Allow space in our services for our kids to hear His voice.
  • Kids have to be able to hear the voice of God, and we need to make that a common occurrence. During worship we can stop the music and coach the kids to be still and listen.
  • Allow our kids to learn and walk in their spiritual gifting (Romans 12:6-8).

The culture and obstacles our kids will face are beyond our wisdom. We don't have the ability or power to get them through, but the Holy Spirit was sent here for just that reason. He is our coach, comforter, and teacher.

How do we know it is the voice of God?

  • We must make sure our kids know that everything must be compared to Scripture. 
  • We must have a team of leaders for our kids to talk to for godly council.

My prayer is that however you serve the next generation, you will remember the best place to be is following His Spirit.