I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win. Every year, our Kids Ministry hosts a dynamic conference to equip children’s pastors, leaders, teachers and volunteers. For this week’s giveaway, two people will win free admission to our Kids Ministry Conference in Nashville, TN. Five other winners will receive a digital pass to the 2015 Kids Ministry Conference.
A church is wise to care deeply about their kid’s ministry. And a healthy ministry to children does more than expand a local church; it also expands the Kingdom of God, as the majority of people who become Christian do so while they are young. The Kingdom is expanded as children are discipled and developed to make an eternal impact on those they will interact with throughout life. Healthy ministry to kids isn’t formed or shaped by the culture, rather it produces kids who will shape the culture. Those in our children’s ministries are not decades and decades away from impacting those around them. To the contrary, when you look throughout history you see the Lord using young people to shape the culture.
- Josiah was 16 years old when the Lord used him to spark a revival among God’s people.
- Mary was a teenager when the Lord chose to bring the Messiah into the world through her womb.
- Timothy–one of the apostle Paul’s closest traveling companions and co-laborer in the faith, was likely quite young when his ministry with the apostle began.
- John Calvin was converted at age 25 and within a year had completed the first draft of Institutes of the Christian Religion.
- Martin Luther was joined by Philipp Melanchthon, a 21-year old scholar, as they lectured to hundreds of University students during the years of the Reformation.
- Jonathan Edwards was 19 when he penned his 70 resolutions, which he then read once a week for the next 35 years, in hopes of stirring greater affection for God.
- George Whitefield and John Wesley met together with a handful of others as college students in what was called the “Holy Club.”
Here is the reality. God who is fully powerful and can do whatever He pleases has chosen to use the weak things of the world to exert His influence (Psalm 8:1-2). In His providence, He often uses kids and teenagers to accomplish His purposes. Large companies and marketing executives spend tremendous energy attempting to influence children and teenagers because they value their influence and their ability to spark movements. Surely local churches should steward resources and energy towards children, towards discipling those who will one day impact the culture.
This is the theme of our upcoming Kid’s Ministry Conference. We want to help kid’s ministry leaders lead ministries that shape the culture and aren’t shaped by the culture. Click here for more information on the conference for your team.
For this week’s giveaway, two people will win free admission to our Kids Ministry Conference. Five other winners will receive a digital pass to the 2015 Kids Ministry Conference. Click here or fill out the form below to enter to win by Thursday, October 1, 12:01 am CST.