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Strong Enough to Last (Part 3)

Excerpt from Chapter 3, pp. 35, 36: “Building Deep Faith”

God is still calling kids, empowering kids, and raising up kids. As KidMin leaders and parents we need to make it our purpose to build a lasting faith in the next generation.

Tips for Parents

Kids are far more capable than we think. Don’t be afraid to be honest with them. In future chapters, as we examine prayer, you’ll realize the importance of prayer in building a child’s faith. Encourage your kids to pray for their own needs and for the needs of others. Then watch them get excited when they see answers to those prayers. As kids practice intercessory prayer they will build sturdy faith in God.

When a child says that God spoke to them, don’t take it lightly. Treat it as a genuine experience and examine it in light of Scripture. Use the Bible to teach your children how to guard their hearts and resist temptation. Let them see how you use God’s Word as a guideline for your life, and they will learn to do the same.

Tips for Kids Ministry Leaders

You are mentors who are developing relationships with kids. Aim to build a relationship that will last a lifetime. Some day you will think back to the childhood of kids who are serving God as adults. You will have the opportunity to say, “I was a part of their success!” You have the opportunity to influence these adults as kids when they are soft clay. You can minister to them when their spirits are most open to the things of God. If you fail to take advantage of the opportunities God has given you to impress their spirits with the presence of God, there may come a day when they will become hardened to the things of God.

At times I’ve noticed one of the KidMin leaders at our church talking excitedly with a teenager who has just won an award. The young person shares the accomplishment with great pride. Several times when I assumed the teenager was a relative, I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that the adult was actually a KidMin leader when the teenager was in third grade. What makes a teenager want to share a special event with a KidMin leader from childhood? It’s called relationship. The relationships leaders develop with kids at age nine can last a lifetime! Remember, you can earn a lifetime of mentorship through a year’s worth of relationship building.

Make sure your ministry is a balance of fun and discipleship. If kids say they had fun, that’s a win because they will likely be back. If kids say they were touched by God—that’s a huge win! They are on a journey toward lifelong and sincere faith.

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