Wait, a good children’s pastor should make the senior pastor’s job much harder? That’s right!
Think about it for a second. What are some of your goals for the children’s ministry at your church? They might look like this:
- Evangelize the lost
- Disciple the children through personal relationships
- Teach Biblical truth in a developmentally appropriate way
- Train children to share Christ with others
- Give them a solid biblical and theological foundation for life
I’m sure you could add some other things to the list. But, if we are successfully accomplishing these goals, the job of the senior pastor should be much harder. Why? Because children will have such a firm foundation for their faith that by the time they reach adulthood, they will need a deeper level of teaching and discipleship in order to continue their spiritual growth. Of course, every church is different, so there is no set standard for this growth, but a senior pastor should have to work harder to prepare for shepherding the church because the people who grew up in the children’s ministry already have a solid Biblical foundation.
It’s a good goal for leaders in children’s ministry to seek to evangelize and disciple children – encouraging them in their spiritual growth and giving youth and adult ministry leaders the opportunity to build upon that foundation.
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