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Why Leadership For Kids?

Making Good Kids Into Great Leaders

As the children’s pastor at Fellowship Church for the last 19 years, I have longed for a program that could get kids into God’s Word on regular basis during the week. I have also desired to find a way to grow children into great men and women of God who will assert biblical leadership into our world.

I firmly believe that God designed every child to be a leader, to be someone who influences the lives of others. This looks different for each child: For a four-year-old, it can be sharing toys at daycare. For a first grader, it can be helping their parents out with chores. For a fifth grader, it can be showing the courage to stand up for someone at school. For a child with special needs, it can be learning to be patient.

So, what are we doing to help the kids at our church become influential, Christ-following leaders? We spend lots of energy on our kids weekend experiences and spend lots of money on VBS and summer camp, hoping it will make an impact. Yet we know that the majority of our kids don’t come to church events often enough to reinforce the lessons in their daily lives. Thankfully, there is another tool that God gives us to help us teach our children to lead – the Bible itself.

It may be a new thought for some, but the Bible is full of leadership principles. You could also call them character qualities – courage, integrity, service, and perseverance, just to name a few. To become a leader, each child must have leadership principles from the Bible instilled in them. The best way for children to learn these leadership principles is to learn them from God’s Word for themselves and put them into practice in their daily lives.

That’s why we created the free kid’s website LeadershipForKids.tv – an online resource that uses the leadership principles found in the Bible to help children become the leaders God designed them to be.

Parents – Use it for free! Go to LeadershipForKids.tv to sign up for free access to over 250 Bible Leadership Trait Videos, 30 Music Videos, and lots more!

Kid Min Leaders – Want to learn more about how you can connect what kids learn at church with what they do at home? Go to Elevateatchurch.com/leadership-for-kids to watch how easy it is to use the leadership for kids program with your ministry.

I hope you will join Fellowship Church, along with thousands of churches across the world, as we use LeadershipForKids.tv to impact our kid’s lives today so that they can impact the lives of others tomorrow.

Behind the Scenes Children’s Ministry FC Kids Uncategorized

Show Kids God’s Love, Help Kids Love Church – Salvation Presentation

The motto for FC Kids is “Show Kids God’s Love, Help Kids Love Church.” We achieve this several ways and I’ll go through them over the next several weeks. One way we achieve this is through a salvation presentation.

We use a salvation presentation to show kids God’s love. How do we do it? It’s a three step presentation:

Present the Gospel in a corporate setting.
This includes presenting the Gospel in Children’s church, presenting the Gospel at camp, and presenting the Gospel during Adventure Week, which is similar to a VBS. In Children’s church, the Gospel is presented at least once every 8 – 12 weeks. We will spend the entire Children’s church service on the Gospel that weekend. At camp, the Gospel is presented during a nightly event where all of the campers are taught together. During Adventure Week, the kids have a Bible study time with their age group and the Gospel is presented there.

Present the Gospel in a small group setting.
Kids who are interested after hearing the Gospel in the large group setting attend a small group. This takes place during the small group time in Children’s church. Here they have more one on one interaction with a leader. At camp, kids hear the Gospel presentation while spending one on one time with their counselor. During Adventure Week, the same would happen with the kids and their leader.

Present the Gospel to the children and their parents as they attend Kid Faith.
Kid Faith is a class that all of our children must take with their parents before they can be baptized. The class gives parents an opportunity to hear the Gospel presentation with their child. This serves two purposes. The first is that sometimes parents taking the class with their child are not believers. Not only does the class give them an understanding of what their child is doing, it also gives them the information and opportunity to become a Christ follower themselves.

The second purpose of the class is that it gives parents a specific set of questions to ask their child to assist the parents in knowing if their child really understands the Gospel. This helps the family bond as they go through the process together and ensures that the child is making an informed decision. A parent is normally going to be best at gauging their own child’s level of understanding.

How do you show kids God’s love by presenting the Gospel to them? I’d love to hear any ideas and suggestions you have!

Behind the Scenes Children’s Ministry Elevate FC Kids Uncategorized

How Is Fellowship Church Using Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop Of Wonders?

I am so looking forward to our first full Elevate Christmas series! We’ve had several questions about how we are going to use this eight week series here at FC. Since we don’t want the kids to get tired of Christmas before we ever get there (if that is even possible), we are going to start Professor Playtime the first weekend in December. We’ll use four weeks of the series this year and then the other four weeks of the series next year. If you would like to do the same, it will be helpful for you to know that all of the lessons stand alone (i.e. no lesson depends on another lesson to make sense) so you can pick any four you would like to show this year!

Keep your eyes on my blog for upcoming sneak peaks. I really think you are going to love this series! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Three Words That Make Me Cringe

They’re… just… kids.

To hear these words sends a streak down my spine. It’s normally used as an excuse for poor performance or low quality in ministry. When people are too tired, too overwhelmed, or… dare I say… too lazy to do something great for the next generation, they say, “They’re just kids, they won’t know the difference.” Where did this idea come from anyway? If you want to make any major change in the world, you have to start with the children. They are the adults of the future. They are the difference makers, the risk takers, the dreamers who have yet to be. Why in the world would we sell short our children, the group of people most open to hearing ideas of change? In churches all over the country kids are relegated to the “basement” of ministry. This un-supported, under-funded, just-keep-them-quiet mentality could very well be the ruin of the church as we know it. If the children of the church grow up and believe that it is irrelevant, boring, and lacking in quality, then the first chance they get, they are out of here. If that happens, the church will die.

I know we cannot all do the same level of work, but we can all have the same spirit behind the work. Let us all embrace the next generation and give our best to them with the resources God has given us.