Since starting Life Church we have dedicated ourselves to making kids ministry one of our 5 areas of concentration and priority. We live in a small town with lots of families and their kids. We seen incredible growth happening every week through our kids area called LifeKIDS, but I wonder why do we bother with it?
Kids ministry is hard work. We have an incredible staff member and team of volunteers who make it happen every week. But it’s SO tough and can be very draining some weeks. Being a portable church there is the setup, then there is the scheduling, and materials, check-in, more setup, follow-up and tear down, etc… I could go on and on. But is it worth it? Should we bother with it?
My quick answer is YES! Not only are these kids learning about a what a real and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ is all about, we are seeing indirect results as well.
- Volunteers are learning with the children. Many volunteers tell me they learn as much as the kids most weeks!
- Volunteers are taking more and more leadership and ownership of the kids ministry. We have people stepping out and leading whole areas now instead of just week to week.
- Families are experiencing church community for the first time. Many parents hesitate to even bring their kids to a church. Because our LifeKIDS team is doing such a great job most parents don’t fret about leaving their kids. This gives them a peace of mind to come and worship, serve and experience/learn from God’s word with no distractions.
If you are a church leader and YOU WOULDN’T send your own kids to your church’s kids ministry if you didn’t have too, then I would encourage you to do whatever it takes to make it what it could be.
Let’s be passionate about partnering with families to lead them and their children to become fully devoted followers of Christ. It’s so worth it.