Category Archives: Leadership

How Universalism Has Crept into Children’s Ministry

Universalism is one of the greatest threats to Christianity in our time. Basically it is hypergrace that states you don’t really need to accept Jesus as your Savior. Almost everyone is going to Heaven. Hell either only exists for people like Hitler, or it doesn’t exist at all.

The way universalism gets away with this even though the Bible clearly teaches the truth, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no-one goes to the Father except through Him, is to declare the Bible is not really God’s Word. Parts of it are good like loving your neighbor, but those parts about Hell and immorality are old concepts. The people who wrote the Bible were a part of their culture and didn’t know better.

Here are some of the ways it has crept into children’s ministry and the church.

We don’t teach doctrine. Children grow up not knowing doctrinal truths or why they believe what they believe. We teach cool lesson and play fun games instead of teaching what the Bible says. They are taught they should love God and others, but without doctrinal truths to build their faith on, they will be swayed by any lie. It’s not that we can’t ever have fun games or teach the Bible in cool ways, but we need to teach doctrine.

We teach children to be good. There’s nothing wrong with teaching children our values, but if we teach them the goal is to be good or good enough, we’re teaching them another way of salvation other than through Jesus Christ. If we introduce them to Christ, He will convict and convince them when it comes to morality.

We don’t require children to memorize the Bible. Remember in the old days during Sunday School where we would get prizes for memorizing Scripture. Teachers drilled the Word of God into the hearts of children so they would know the truth when a lie was presented. We don’t expect children to read of memorize Bible verses when teachers expect hours of homework every night from them.

We teach children success is more important than God. When we keep children home from church to do their homework or to play a sport, aren’t we doing that? The church community used to be important to Christians. It was what the early church was built upon. Now we teach children church isn’t that important.

We teach children evangelism isn’t important. The martyrs of the early church died to share the Gospel of Christ. It is sometimes said the church was built on the blood of the saints. Now, we teach children not to talk about Christianity. We don’t want to offend anyone.

We don’t teach children to pray. It used to be children were included when a church had a prayer meeting. They were taught how to pray and expected to pray. Now, they never have the opportunity in church to pray for anyone.

These are some of the ways children’s ministries and the church have failed children. Is it any wonder they fall away when they’re older. They never knew the real Christ to begin with. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

How to Make a Kidmin Mission and Vision Statement

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

If you haven’t made a vision or mission statement for your Kidmin, there’s no better time than now.

I’ll start with mine.

Revival-Fire-Logo-2Revival Fire 4 Kids Mission Statement: Revival Fire 4 Kids equips children’s pastors and churches to lead children into revival and a radical relationship with Jesus Christ.

Revival Fire 4 Kids Vision Statement: Revival Fire 4 Kids seeks to minister to children, families, churches, and those who minister to children through consulting, teaching, holding children’s revivals, and providing resources. We do this in these four ways.

Revival Fire 4 Kids Children’s Ministry Consultant Services: We go to local churches for two weeks to mentor and coach them as they plan an effective ministry for children.

Children’s Ministry Workshops: We go to local churches and conferences to train children’s teachers and workers.

Fired Up Revivals and Kid’s Crusades: Fired Up Revivals and Kids Crusades are exciting, energetic Children’s Revivals to lead children into the presence of God where they will be fired up to be saved, sanctified, Spirit filled, and serving God.

Resources: Revival Fire 4 Kids seeks to provide resources and curriculum to help your ministry through our blog and our online store.

Strategic Planning Showing Organizational Business Solutions Or GoalsDefinitions: Before you can make a vision statement and a mission statement, you need to understand what they are and how they are different.

Mission Statement: Purpose for existence. Why does your ministry exist? What are your core values? Vision statements may change, but a good mission statement shouldn’t.

Vision Statement: States what the ministry will be doing. How is the ministry going to carry out the mission in the future. This statement may change from time to time.

1227-1013-A1267Practical Help: Books have been written to describe how to make mission and vision statements. I’m not going to go into all the information available out there, but if you need help with your vision and mission statements, here are some online resources:

50 Example of Church Mission Statements

30 Plus Examples of Church Vision Statements

How to Write a Church Mission, Vision, and Values Statement

Take Your Time: It may take you a while to come up with effective mission and vision statements. Once you’ve made your statements, it may take months of years before you’ve perfected them. You may want to do some reading about them before you complete your statement. Here are a few good books:

The Wilder Non-profit Field Guide to Writing Mission and Vision Statements

How to Create Memorable, Practical Mission, Value, Vision and Business Philosophy Statement for Non-profits

What Next: You could create the greatest mission and vision statements known to man, but if you don’t do anything with them, it’s a waste of time. Here’s the steps you should take after you have these statements.

Write them down on index cards. Then place them on your desk in a clearly visible area. That way, you’ll review the statements often.

Whenever you have an idea for your ministry, compare it with your mission statement. Does your idea reflect what your ministry exists for or is it just a good idea that won’t help your ministry fulfill its purpose.

Memorize your mission and vision statements. That shouldn’t be hard since you’re reviewing the index cards often.

Communicate your mission and vision with your ministry team. Mention it at the beginning of every meeting and correspondence. Encourage them to memorize it.

How to Start a Ministry Journal and Why You Should

Psalm 119:18  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

2018 is upon us, and one of the greatest things you can do this year is to start a ministry journal. Ministry journals are different than personal journals. You can use them to record valuable information every time you minister. Whatever you want to remember, what you want to improve, how your students responded, etc., you will end up forgetting as soon as life takes over. With a ministry journal, you can look back and refresh those moments.

You can start a ministry journal online and use your phone or IPad immediately after service or you can carry a journal to church. Every time you minister, write in the journal within one hour of service. You don’t have to write a lot, but the information gleaned from these observations will become invaluable to you throughout the year.

Here are some ideas of things to write in your journal:

Successes: Write down any successes such as salvations, a record number of people, responses to the message, etc.

What Worked: If you used an object lesson or a song that really went over well, write it down along with why you think it worked.

Challenges: If anything went wrong or you saw something that needed improved, write it down.

Failures: If you believe you failed in some way, write it down. But don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead write down why it failed and go on.

General Impressions: Write down any general impressions you had about the service.

Review what you wrote later in the week. Don’t read your notes on Monday or you’ll become discouraged. But latter in the week, around Wednesday, read your notes about Sunday and see what you can glean from them.

Review your journal quarterly. Read about your successes and record salvations and testimonies to share with the church. Read the failures and challenges to see if you’ve made progress in those areas and what you need to do to improve.

New Years Resolutions for Children’s Pastors

Here are some New Years Resolutions for Children’s Pastors to consider making.

1  I will make my relationship with God a greater priority than the ministry God has given me. I do this knowing I can’t introduce children to God when I don’t spend any time with Him.

2 I will be filled with joy this year knowing that the Joy of the Lord is my strength.

3 I will ask God to help me love children who irritate me and cause behavior problem with the same love He has for them.

4 I will first ask for a revelation from God before I deliver any lesson or message to my students.

5 I will pray and seek God’s guidance in what direction to go in my ministry instead of just jumping on board the latest fad I learned at a conference. I will seek God for a word and make sure I focus on that word throughout the year.

6 I will review policies and procedures to make sure students in my ministry are in a safe environment.

7 I will disciple my workers and develop a children’s ministry team instead of being a Lone Ranger in ministry.

8 I will provide opportunities for children to experience God by giving them opportunities to minister, emphasizing worship and discipleship, and providing altar ministry at the end of every message.

9 I will not teach children to be good. I will teach them to know God. There’s a difference.

10 I will evaluate every area of my ministry to see if it follows the other nine resolutions. This may mean we play less games or get rid of snack time. It might mean replacing a teacher who “doesn’t get it.” I might need different curriculum. I might need to nix some “sacred cow” programs. Whatever I need to do, I will make the difficult choices.

Discipleship for 2018

Merry Christmas

I have promised all of you there will be changes taking place in Revival Fire for Kids in 2018. One of those changes is I want to go on a journey of discipleship with some of you. This discipleship will include a private FB group, email newsletters, and one-on-one mentoring. I warn you this won’t be for the faint of heart.

Part of this discipleship will be information I give in my children’s ministry consultations that will give you hands on help to evaluate and improve your children’s ministry.

One thing we will be involved in is a Bible study on the heart of revival. It will include stirring revival in our hearts as well as how to translate it into the hearts of our students.

I also will have some info about leadership and other great tips for children’s ministry as well as the first four lessons of my new curriculum coming soon for free.

You’ll be a part of a private FB group where we can all discuss our concerns in children’s ministry without anyone outside the group knowing about them. It will be a place to vent, to get feedback from other children’s pastors, and to share your concerns.

I also want to get to know all of your on a one-on-one basis. If you have a private concern or just want to share some good news, I’ll welcome you to Skype or FaceTime me or email me.

This year, I am offering this discipleship for free because I want the opportunity to share what I’ve learned in 30 years of children’s ministry. I’ll need to limit this to 20 people though. Hopefully you will be one of those people.

To sign up for this discipleship, fill out the form at this link.

Have a blessed New Year.

Blessings,

Pastor Tamera Kraft, Children’s Ministry Consultant & Revivalist
Revival Fire For Kids, Inc.
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