Aug 15, 2012

5 Reasons Kids Aren't Growing Spiritually in Your Ministry

 Do you ever feel like the kids in your ministry aren't growing spiritually?  It might be due to one or more of these reasons.

You aren't hitting their learning style.  There are 7 learning styles.  If you're only using one or two, then you are alienating many kids in your ministry. 

You're not teaching life application.  Information alone doesn't lead to spiritual growth.  Just because you fill kid's heads with Bible facts doesn't mean they will grow in their faith.  Kids must be challenged not only be hearers of the Word, but doers as well.

You're not providing them with simple steps.  How are you moving kids toward spiritual maturity?  What steps do you have in place that can create forward spiritual motion in a child's life.  Think steps...not programs.

Your curriculum isn't laid out with the end in mind.  Who do you want kids to be when they leave your ministry?  What do you want them to know?  How do you want them to act?  Your curriculum should be a pathway that leads to those goals.

You're not engaging and equipping parents.  We know what happens at home has the most influence in a child's spiritual life.  If you're not engaging and equipping parents to lead their child spiritually, then the child's spiritual growth will be hindered.

What other factors do you believe hinders kids from growing spiritually?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

2 comments:

Excellent Post! I think #2 "Life Application" and making the Word relevant is so important! Kids can know the stories, memorize scripture, but when that 2nd grader steps on the bus Monday morning can he walk in confidence and say boldly, "If God is for me, who can be against me?" I think our kids' ministry services need to have more of a training feel to them. We're training kids to be "strong in spirit". See Luke 2:40 Thanks Dale!

Great word Trumpet7. Thanks for sharing.

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