The Holy Spirit is the only one who can convict and convince somebody of any age to be saved. But there are things you can do to create an atmosphere to allow God to move on the hearts of your students. Here are a few.
Teach about salvation. Children need a Biblical Foundation about the importance of salvation in their lives. There are many children’s pastor who teach children the practical points of the Bible. They believe if they teach children how to be good, they’re teaching them how to be godly. But that’s not what the Bible says. None of us are good in ourselves. We can’t live out the practical aspects of the Bible unless we are transformed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. That goes for children as well as adults. Here’s a post about why it’s important to have heart knowledge about salvation.
Teach children that we are all sinners. In this day of self-esteem and tolerance, the message that we are all sinners and that we all need to be saved is sometimes lost. It isn’t wrong to teach children that they have a sin problem that needs to be addressed. All children know they do wrong things sometimes no matter how hard they try to be good. They aren’t good children who just get saved because it’s a good thing to do. They are sinners who need to be saved from their sins. Here’s a great object lesson about sin and salvation.
Give children opportunities often to be saved. It doesn’t matter how you do it, whether an altar call, a prayer at the end of children’s church, or individual one-on-one discussion, you will find that children will respond to the Gospel more readily if you give them an opportunity to make a decision for Christ.
Have special salvation services. You could have a fun Sunday or friend Sunday once a month where children invite their unsaved friends. Have games or contests about who can bring the most friends. Do something special or different that day. This is a good opportunity to give a salvation message.
Do follow-up. When a child is saved, make sure he or she understands the commitment they’ve made. Give them materials to help them on their walk with God, and talk to their parents about it. Call them during the week to ask how their doing and if they notice any differences since they decided to be saved. You might even have a class for new converts.