I love leading kids to faith. It’s the best thing in the world. Actually I really love baptizing kids too or at least helping parents baptize their kids as well. It’s just one of the perks of being a children’s pastor. If evangelism is your thing, then children’s ministry is the place to be. The largest number of decisions for Christ happen with kids, so it’s where they fish are biting.
So, I’m starting a little series on leading a child to faith. I know this sounds a little remedial, but perhaps something I write will give someone some ideas. What I enjoy the most is hearing how you’re doing it differently, which often gives me new ideas to improve what I’m doing. So, I don’t make assumptions about what I write about here. It’s all about getting better at what we’re doing.
So, in the 11+ years of being in Children’s Ministry, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to lead kids to faith. I’ll be really honest (and please don’t take this as arrogance). It’s not hard to lead a child to faith. Put any child in front of me and within thirty minutes I’ll lead them in a prayer. You’re probaby as good or better at it than me. In thirty minutes just about any of us could lead a child in a prayer. Kids are trusting. We can be convincing. Right?
It’s not about leading a child in a prayer! It’s about understanding what it means to be a Christ Follower, a slave to Christ. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was four. Why? My teacher told me that I would go to hell if I didn’t. Brilliant! Any dope can do that. Being clear and concise and helping a child to make the decision on their own is harder. Allowing the child to make a thoughtful decision on their own isn’t just a good idea, it’s what is right.
So, how do I do it? I use the ABCs. I stole it from Lifeway. I’ve heard a bunch of other tricks to teaching this, but I just really love the ABCs that Lifeway uses for their curriculum materials. Check in tomorrow for the ABCs and how I teach them.
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