Mar 13, 2012

Why Children Will Bring God's Blessings To Your Church

Last week I was reading the story of Jesus and the children in Luke 18.  I was reminded that one of the keys to Jesus' blessings is making Children's Ministry a priority.

One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so He could touch and bless them.  But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering Him.  Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to Me.  Don’t stop them!  For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:15-17

I believe when you make Children's Ministry a priority at your church, you get Jesus' attention in a unique way and usher in His blessings.  Do you want Jesus' blessings on your church?  Then...

Make Children's Ministry a high profile ministry in your church.  Children's Ministry should be a cornerstone ministry of your church.  Does your outside advertising reflect this?  Does your weekend bulletin reflect this?  Do your announcements reflect this?  When people think of your church, one of the first things that should come to their mind is "they love children." 

Make Children's Ministry physical space a top priority.  The Children's Ministry building, classrooms, decor, and location should be the best area on your church campus.  Instead of it being an afterthought, it should be one of most thought through areas.  Does your physical space reflect Jesus' heart for children?

Make Children's Ministry personnel a top priority.  Children's Ministry should be the best staffed ministry in your church.  Is it time to bring more people on board who have the same heart for children as Jesus does?

Make Children's Ministry programming a top priority on your church calendar.   Notice how Jesus moved Children's Ministry up to the front of His schedule.  Does your church schedule line up with Jesus' schedule?

Make Children's Ministry program funding a top priority.  Put your faith in Jesus' heart for children.  I believe He will pour out His financial favor on a church that pours it's resources into Children's Ministry.  The Children's Ministry budget should be one of the largest in the church.

The bottom line is this.  The disciples saw children as a bother.  Jesus saw them as a blessing.  Line up your ministry with Jesus' heart for children and He will smile upon you.

Posted by Dale Hudson

8 comments:

Trying so hard to get my church to understand this, but it is hard. They still think we can catch them in youth group. They concentrate their resources (money, time, etc) on youth not children.

Sharon, be encouraged. You are on the front lines of ministry. Share articles like this and others you come across with them. Keep being the squeaky wheel. Show them the value of children's ministry. Thanks for your ministry. Keep on!

p.s. Kids bring their parents to church. If you want to grow the church then grow children's ministry.

I like the photo at the top of the post and would like to use it as the profile pic for a parenting-related Facebook page. Is this a royalty-free image or do you have the rights to it? Thanks!

I got it from a google search.

Yikes... I would encourage you to be the oil in the wheel sis. People listen to love but they are annoyed by squeaky wheels:( When I have a squeaky will I go and get it fixed. I agree to show them articles like this as long as you're doing it in the love:) All we do must be encompassed with the love and patience and meekness of God.

I also believe you're right on children bringing their parents to church but that is not the way it should be. Parents should be leaving their children not vice versa:) We can do it but we need to reverse the thinking that kids should lead. If we continue down that route kids will be dictating what we need for dinner (and you better believe chicken nuggets is going to be on the menu every night

By the way Dale, I do like the article brother:) I think you're right, Jesus did make children top priority On that occasion for sure! Good stuff!

That's a great thought Matt. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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