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.”
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