Oct 20, 2014

Are You Letting Kids Lead in Your Church?

"The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David."  But the leaders were indignant."   Matthew 21:15

Guess who led worship last weekend in our adult service?  Kids.

Guess who helps greet people as they walk in our church doors each weekend?  Kids

Guess who does outreach in our community?  Kids

Guess who helps feed families during our Thanksgiving meal distribution?  Kids

Guess who helps run sound and tech each weekend in our church?  Kids

Guess who raises thousands of dollars for mission projects each year in our church?  Kids

Guess who shares the Gospel with others?  Kids

Guess who invites people to our church?  Kids.  Last year a lady came to our church for the very first time.  When asked how she heard about the church, she told us she's a crossing guard at a local elementary school.  One of our kids invited her to come while waiting to cross the street.

Guess who serves alongside their parents in various ministries in our church?  Kids

Kids are eager and ready to serve.  Are you giving them the opportunity?  


We had child-led worship a few times a year when I was Children's Minister. We sang songs from VBS or songs that we had learned that quarter that went with our lessons. Usually we practiced movements and had all the kids on stage. The kids led prayers and we had teens give a short communion talk. The sermon was either a father and son or something geared to children or families. The boys (younger ones had help) passed communion trays and took up the offering. Nothing was off limits if the kids wanted to do it. Adults filled in where needed.
Here's my tips:
* Make sure you communicate with the various folks in charge of the parts of service. Even though "Child-led" worship was in the bulletin and announced, the guy in charge of communion didn't realize that the kids would be doing that part. I really upset him when I 'took over at the last minute with all these people he didn't have on his schedule.'
Make sure to communicate your expectations and let leaders know what is reasonable to expect of this kind of service. Kids are not going to have the same level of perfection that say, your worship leader or preacher. Think about all the kids plays and performances you've been to. You don't expect the Philharmonic Symphony sound from Jr. High Band.
Expect people to be moved by this profound worship. Parents and grandparents and children's workers and visitors (and others) will be moved by the pure worship exhibited by the kids. Have a plan to engage them further.
Children want to be full-fledged members of your congregation. Not just once or twice a year, but always. Use these special events as training to help children ease into church service. We now have boys as young as 10 serving communion by themselves. (Admittedly its not a hard job, but those boys think it is the most awesome thing that they get to do it! That was started by child-led worship a few years ago. It also took some mindset changing of the congregation to let this happen. And those special worship days helped ease it into the congregation's thinking too.) What typically adult job could kids be doing at your church?;

Good tips Staci. Thanks for sharing.

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