Plug-in & Empower the Next Generation
There are many reasons I love this video by Rend Collective, but the main one is watching the musicians interacting with the children and sharing their instruments. It shows a great picture of what Children’s Ministry is all about.
In Mark 10, Jesus is settling a debate among His disciples over who will be the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus tells His disciples that “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Throughout scripture, Jesus modeled what it meant to serve others. In fact, Jesus modeled it to the point of death!
There are many studies, books, and blogs about how people who grew up in church are leaving in large numbers after high school. As researchers have looked at those who stayed in church after high school they noticed a common trait of having another adult, besides their parents, who was plugged into the child’s life. This adult prayed for this child, was there for them in the ups and downs of life, and modeled the ups and downs of a relationship with God.
Serving in Children’s Ministry is much more than teaching Bible stories, singing silly songs, and supervising children. Children’s Ministry it is about plugging in and empowering the next generation to love God with all they are and serving others. It is greeting families with a smiling face when they arrive at check-in stations, encouraging a child when their family is struggling, celebrating with a child after a great week at school, and volunteers sharing their own struggles and successes of their walk with God.
The Children’s Ministry has grown significantly in size over this past year and there are several openings to serve in our classrooms. This is great, but due to the size of our classes, it is hard for volunteers to plug in to children’s lives. Please take this week to prayerfully consider serving in Children’s Ministry and plugging in and empowering the next generation. If you are interested, please send me a message on the City or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.