by Mark Entzminger/ October 19, 2015
Biblical illiteracy has become an epidemic in many of today’s churches. A few months ago, I ran across this article from Ed Stetzer highlighting some interesting statistics on the role Scripture plays in the everyday lives of believers today.
Here are few statistics that stood out:
As ministry leaders, we know the importance of being in the Word every day. It’s how we learn to know God. It’s one of the primary ways the Holy Spirit speaks truth into our lives. And as kids’ ministry leaders, we should do everything we can to help kids cultivate a love for Scripture … and it might not be as difficult as the statistics make you think.
Three Keys to Cultivate Biblical Literacy for Life
In the article, Ed goes on to provide several ways church leaders can combat the negative trends. Here are three predictors of Biblical engagement we can apply in our kids’ ministries:
1. Talk about what you are reading. If you are only reading the Scriptures for preparing your lesson, you are not leading by example. However, as you read for personal growth, you will discover conversations about His words will come naturally and can be a source of inspiration for others to do the same.
2. Memorizing Bible verses. This is one thing a lot of kids’ ministries do already. However, there’s a tendency for us focus more on memorization for the purpose of reciting it rather than allowing the truths of Scripture to sink into our lives. While rewarding kids for memorizing Scripture isn’t a bad thing, we should also help them learn how to contextualize and apply it to their lives.
3. Have kids use the Bible. A common trend today is to put Scripture verses on a big screen in your church. However, helping kids find the verse in their Bible helps translate into their ability to navigate God’s Word on their own at home. This may take more time and you have to equip the room with enough copies of God’s Word, but the long-term benefits far outweigh the temporary setbacks. Make sure you read from the Bible and encourage participation from each child whenever possible.
This week we’re going to talk about how you can help kids learn how to read and love God’s Word. As children’s pastors, we have a lot of responsibility in the way we treat the Word of God and how we use it during our time with kids.
My hope is that we will take a proactive and positive stance towards reading the Word. Statistics might be against us, but there are a lot of things we can do to help kids learn to love the Word.
What are some ways you help kids in your ministry learn how to love the Word of God?