Yesterday, I posted my official review of the free new e-book called What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry. It is a compilation of the views of 33 leaders in the Children’s Ministry world relating to what they feel are the most important issues facing children’s and family ministries today. Over the next several weeks, I intend to pick certain chapters and ideas and reflect on and continue the conversation related to those themes. Before I do that though, I decided to give some thought to what I would written about if I had been asked this question. My understanding of the assignment was to pick one word which answered the question from the title of the book then provide a 300 word or fewer summary of that issue as I see it. Some of the articles read I said 200 words and others said 300. I opted for the 300 word limit – even then I went a little bit over! So, the following is what I would have submitted to the project had I been asked.
There is only one thing that really matters in Children’s Ministry. It is the same thing that has always mattered, and that is Jesus – leading kids to accept him as their Lord and discipling them in how to follow him. Next to helping lead children to Christ, the one thing that matters most is WORLDVIEW – specifically a Biblical Worldview. Everything we do must be geared towards helping children to live their lives through the lens and filter of God’s Word.
It is not enough just to teach kids about Jesus. It is not enough just to get them to a point where they pray a prayer asking Jesus into their lives. Those things are absolutely necessary, but in of themselves, they will leave a child like a seed planted in the rocky soil that will wither and die at the first sign of trouble. The Bible tells us that we must study the scriptures, meditate on them and write them on our hearts. It also tells us we must be doers of the word. This is the worldview that we must instill in our children. Our job in children’s ministry, and as parents, is to help kids to build a solid foundation in the Word of God so that, as they face the troubles, temptations and trials of this world, they can persevere and conquer in a way consistent with God’s Word and honoring to Him.
In order to accomplish this, we must help them to understand that they can confidently make decisions and base their life on the principals set forth in the Bible because it is the infallible and sufficient Word of God. We must stress and impart the principals of the Bible and not just a series of facts. We must model a life led based on the answer to the question “What does the Bible say about this?” in all circumstances. We must instill in them a biblical worldview that will sustain them throughout the remainder of their walk with Jesus. Yes, if there is one thing that matters now in children’s ministry, it is planting and watering the seeds of a biblical worldview.
You can find a link to this, and all the other articles I’ve done related to this book, on my What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry Page.