The Masters. The World Series. Indianapolis 500. The Kentucky Derby. Wimbledon. The Super Bowl.
The biggest events in sports don’t hold a candle to the biggest event in church: VBS. It’s beginning to look a lot like Vacation Bible School at The Church @ Clayton Crossings–stop by on Sunday morning to see for yourself!
I’m one of many people who gave my life to Jesus through the efforts of a children’s ministry, and I’m super excited about the kids who will have their lives (and eternities) changed because of Vacation Bible School next week.
Jesus knew what He was talking about when He said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children” (Matthew 19:14 NLT). It might surprise you to know that almost 80% of people in church today decided to follow Jesus before the age of 18, and 50% of those decided to follow Jesus before the age of 12.
With these facts in mind, we are going to do whatever it takes to help children (and their parents) to find and follow Jesus. VBS is just one of many opportunities we’ll have to introduce kids to the God who is crazy about them!
Here’s a short list of why I believe in children’s ministry (or, KidMin, if you’re one of the cool kids):
- We don’t want to miss out on a person’s best chance to find and follow Jesus. As I intimated earlier, there is a time in a person’s life when he or she is most open to learning what it means to trust God. It’s a fairly small window—sometime between the ages of 4 and 14—when kids are forming their understanding of the world, love, relationships, and God. It’s a season when people are impressionable. We’re going to be intentional about ensuring they get the right impression of God’s plan for their life.
- KidMin brings kids to church. There is nothing wrong with having a program that appeals to the likes and interests of children, especially when the buzz and excitement brings more kids to the place where they can learn about Jesus.
- Children’s ministry allows students and adults in the church utilize their spiritual gifts. We have some amazingly gifted people at The Church @ Clayton Crossings and I’m grateful they put their God-given gifts to work in children’s ministry. What about you? There’s a lot to do, our groups are growing, and we constantly need more people to step in!
- A healthy children’s ministry connects new families to the church. Gone are the days when parents would drag their kids to church. These days, kids drag mom or dad to church! It just makes sense that parents become more involved in church when their kids become more involved in the children’s ministry.
- KidMin produces memory makers. No kidding—my mother still has crafts I made as a child in Sunday School and VBS. The Bible verses on crafts and keepsakes remind kids of lessons learned for years (or decades, in my case).
Take a few minutes today and thank God for the children’s ministry at C@CC. Spend some time praying for the volunteers who will give up every night next week to point kids to Jesus, and while you’re at it, pray for the kids (and parents) who will experience the truth of the gospel next week.
What I need to remember:
GIVING AS YOU’RE GONE. The season for traveling is upon on, and I can’t wait to jump in the car for a few road trips this summer. If jaunts away from JoCo are on your agenda this summer, you might want to take advantage of something that has helped the Sanders family remain faithful in giving back to God. You can set up a recurring tithe through PushPay on our website or on the C@CC app. As one wise person once said, automation trumps determination. God has been faithful to us, giving back to Him is a demonstration of our trust in Him (and is an act of obedience), and your faithful giving allows us to continue pointing people to Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness!
What I’m reading
- TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson. Speaking to groups of people isn’t the majority of my job, but it sure is an important one. I’m always looking for ways to sharpen my skills…
- Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches by Mark Clifton.
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.
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