Want to know what the #1 question you should be asking as a pastor and lead team? Here it is… “What’s here for our kids?” Why? Because people can put up with a pastor that preaches a little too long. They can handle worship that isn’t exactly their style. They will circle the parking lot twice to find a spot just as long as there is something that their kids love about going to church!
George Barna reminds us, “The transformation of children into spiritual champions may not happen even if we devote our best resources to the task, but the possibility is worth the risk.” See http://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Children-Into-Spiritual-Champions/dp/0801017416
Here are 5 Reasons to ask, “What’s here for our kids?”
1) Young families are asking it. That single mom, dad, or those grandparents raising a second generation are all looking for a place that wants the best for their kids almost as much as they do. Answer this question first and best and you will find willing ministry partners in those who are entrusting you with those they love most.
2) Older Adults love them. The vast majority of older adults love the noise and even the messes that come with having a lot of kids around. They know that where there are kids, there is life and hope for a bright future! Kids can always find an adopted grandpa or grandma to encourage them (and keep them in line) along the way as older adults find leadership and volunteer roles throughout kid’s ministries.
3) They are your marketing strategy! When kids start asking, “When do we get to go back to church?”… people get real curious, real fast. Kid’s aren’t easily impressed these days. When they get excited they tell their friends and news travels fast. Their parents pick up on this and everyone starts talking, texting, messaging and posting! Be sure to capture exciting and “God Thing” moments in your kid’s ministries and celebrate the wins in all your media outlets.
4) If you aren’t asking this question… then parents will ask, “Where do you want to go next week?” In other words, most won’t be back if their kids aren’t a purposed value in your church. There are plenty of options in most towns when it comes to churches. Make sure yours includes one of the best experiences for kids in Christ around!
5) Jesus said so. “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16, NIV) Research tells us that kids are most open to making a commitment to Christ by age 14. Capture their attention, peak their curiosity and lead them to Jesus at an early age! Commit to doing whatever it takes to make kid’s ministry a priority. Start by asking and answering THE question in your own church… “What’s here for our kids?”
Need some help finding affordable and/or free kids ministry resources? Here are some Biblically grounded and innovative options your kids and leaders will love…
http://whatisorange.org/252basics/ – North Point Kid’s Ministry
http://elevationekidz.com/ – Elevation Church Kid’s Ministry
https://open.church/categories/288 – Life Church Open Kid’s Ministry
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