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.
Pastor Tamera Kraft, Children’s Ministry Consultant & Revivalist
Revival Fire For Kids, Inc.
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Children’s leaders and pastors work long hours and devote much time to serving God in children’s ministry. Most children’s leaders motives are pure. They are doing what they do because God has called them to one of the most important ministries in the Kingdom of God. How then could children’s ministry become an idol?
Here are seven questions to ask yourself if you suspect Kidmin has become an idol in your life.
Do you only study the Bible to prepare a Children’s Sermon?
Is growth of your children’s ministry your measure in how much God loves or favors you?
Do you have downtime from children’s ministry?
Do you pray more or only when you have a children’s ministry event or service?
When you read “this one thing I do” in Scripture, do you immediately think of all you do for children’s ministry?
Do you have a vision or passion for children’s ministry that surpasses your passion for God?
Do you pray and fast to grow closer to God or to get God to grow the children’s ministry?
The most effective lessons are the ones learned by the teacher/pastor first. Here are three questions to ask yourself when preparing a lesson for your students.
What difference does this Bible truth make in my own life?
What must I do to incorporate that Scripture into my everyday experience?
What shall I share from my own spiritual life that will help clarify those Biblical truths to my students?
There are many reasons to have children’s ministry, but many times, churches set up children’s ministry for the wrong reason. Here are three wrong reason to have children’s church and three right reasons to have children’s ministry.
Parents want to enjoy the service. This is the reason most churches have children’s church during the adult service, and there’s nothing wrong with parents wanting to enjoy the service. The problem is children’s church is to minister to children, not adults.
We need something for the children to attract adults to the church. Again this focuses in on the adults. Great children’s ministries do attract adults to church, but that’s a byproduct. The reason to minister to children is to draw children into the presence of God.
We want to teach children about God so that when they are older, they will serve Him. This sounds good on the surface. Who doesn’t want children serving God when they’re older. The problem with this reasoning is children are the church of today, not tomorrow. An effective children’s ministry will strive to create an atmosphere where children don’t wait until they’re grown up to serve God. They will serve God as children.
Children are a part of the body of Christ and should have a worship service they can relate to. There is nothing wrong with including children in all church services, but sometimes church in the main sanctuary doesn’t focus on children, and they don’t feel a part of what’s going on. Children’s church gives them an opportunity to learn to worship in a way they can relate to. The problem comes when children are always segregated from adults in church. There should be room for both.
85% of all Christians are saved between the age of 4 and 14 years old. This statistic tells us that if we want to have effective evangelism, we need to start with children. It is the norm for a Christian to become a Christian at a young age. If you wait until they’re teens or adults, you’ve missed a prime opportunity.
Children need to be saved, sanctified, and serving in the church. In other words, children need to be discipled. That is one of the main purposes for children’s ministry in the local church.
Recruiting teachers and workers for children’s ministry is always a daunting task. Here’s 10 tips to make it easier.
1. Develop friendships. It’s easier to recruit somebody who believes you care about him or her more than you care about recruiting. This method takes more time, but it is the most effective way of recruiting.
2. Keep the children before the congregation. Children who are never in front of the congregation and who are never seen will be forgotten. Have the children in the adult service from time to time. Have a children’s drama team or choir that performs during adult services. Have children’s days where children are the ushers and greeters and open the service in prayer. Have special children’s anointing services. Anything to keep the children visible.
3. Give regular updates through the bulletin and announcements about the good things going on in children’s ministry. People are more willing to volunteer for a ministry that’s on fire.
4. Have your pastor talk about the children’s ministry. If people know children’s ministry is on the pastor’s heart, they will be more likely to volunteer.
5. Have a recruiting drive one month a year. Let the congregation know this is the time to sign up.
6. Ask for temporary workers. Let the volunteer get his feet wet without having to commit to anything.
7. Ask. Some people will never take the initiative. They’re waiting to be asked.
8. Have job descriptions in writing. Let them know what their responsibilities will be.
9. Have teacher training in place. Don’t use the method of throwing a worker in a room with a teacher manual. Only a few will last past the first month.
10. Have volunteers sign a year-long commitment, have a list of requirements, and do screening. Let them know you don’t accept just anyone. Those being recruited want to make a difference. They don’t want to feel like you’ll take any warm body.