Today in many children’s ministries around the country, children are expected to be spectators instead of participants. They sit on the sidelines instead of being a part of the church body. Here’s a few things that need to change to make children a part of the Christian church life.
Video Curriculum: There’s a movement among Christian curriculum companies to produce video curriculum. Videos are used for the teaching, Bible story, skits, games, and even praise and worship. The companies state that it’s easier to find workers and the teaching and ministry will always be top notch. I don’t agree. When we relegate teaching children to a video screen, they become spectators. We don’t spend time teaching and mentoring them. It doesn’t matter if the person on the screen can do it better. That person isn’t there when the child needs someone to help him understand God’s Word or to guide him through difficulties. I have no problem with video clips as a supplement, but not as the main course.
No Children Allowed: When children are always separated from the congregation and are not allowed at prayer meeting and special services, they become spectators who come to church to be entertained instead of discipled.
Too Young for Ministry: Most churches don’t take the time to teach children how to be involved in ministry and service to their communities. It takes work, but children need to learn how to be a blessing or they will become spectators who leave church for better entertainment when they’re older.
No Fellowship: If we want children to be more than spectators at church, we need to provide opportunities for relationship. Children need time at parties and get-togethers to develop Christian friendships with children their own age and with adults who can mentor them. When we don’t give them this opportunity, they will find their friends elsewhere.