Feb 18, 2014

20 Devastating Results of Ineffective Children's Ministry










  1. Families in the community remain broken and lost.
  2. Kids grow up and walk away from church.
  3. Dead religion replaces a life giving relationship.
  4. People become spiritually obese instead of conduits of God's love.
  5. The focus of the ministry turns inward.
  6. The baptistry is dry.
  7. Very few guests walk through the doors and when they do, they don't return.
  8. People spend their time at church arguing over petty things that have no bearing on eternity.
  9. Kids think church is a boring, irrelevant place.
  10. Scripture information is taught without life application.
  11. Kids know about Jesus, but don't know Jesus.
  12. The congregation grows more predominately grey each year.
  13. Volunteering becomes a duty to be endured instead of an opportunity to impact the next generation.
  14. Parents have to make their kids come to church with them.
  15. Kids see the Bible as a rule book instead of a love letter.
  16. Parents aren't equipped to be the primary spiritual leaders of their children.
  17. Programs and events that have run their course and are no longer fruitful are perpetuated.
  18. Children's ministry becomes known as childcare instead of one of the most important ministries in the church.
  19. The children's ministry becomes a silo and sees other ministries as "competition" for resources and volunteers.
  20. A busy, but unproductive calendar.

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