HOW MANY OF YOU ARE IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?
We were at a Pastor’s Conference. One of the guest speakers asked us a question: “How many of you are in Children’s Ministry?” Very few hands went up. She smiled and asked other questions:
How many parents are here?
How many uncles and aunts are here?
How many of you have a child that is connected to you one way or the other?
By the time she asked the first question, I was ashamed that I did not raise my hands at the first instance. I knew the weight of children’s ministry that day. I knew it was more than what was done in the church. It was more about what is being done in our homes.
First, you do not need the tag of a minister to impact the life of a child. Every parent is a child minister at least to their children. Pray for your children. Lay hands on them frequently. Share the gospel of Jesus with them. Get them saved. Get them baptized in the Holy Ghost. Turn them into the young flaming fire for God’s kingdom.
Paul gave a rousing testimony about Timothy. He said of him:
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 3:14-15 NKJV
Timothy knew the scripture from childhood. Who taught him the scriptures? Where did he learn the scriptures that early in life? Where did you get the headstart in his generation?
“…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also”
II Timothy 1:5 NKJV
Timothy’s appetite for the Lord, the word and godly values were shaped by his family background. He saw genuine faith in his Grandmother and his mother. It was quite easy to catch the flame from them.
By the time Paul was visiting their local church in Lystra, he was attracted to the young man.
I have been to places to teach before and I get attracted to children who show signs that someone has been showing them the way from home.
Godly seeds are attractive seeds. If you are a parent, an uncle or an aunt or you are connected to at least one child, you do not need ordination, you are already in ministry. Make effort to train that young one around you.