Ever since I’ve been a Christian, I’ve served in Kids ministry. For the majority of the last 12 and a half years, this has been a massive part of how I’ve served in the church. Why? Initially, because I was asked. That’s about it. The second time, it was because I actually did want to be a part of discipling kids, but I also wanted an outlet to teach. The third time, it was just because I wanted to serve wherever I could help with making disciples.
People give Kids Ministry a hard time because it seems to be all about playing games, handing out fishy crackers, and telling kids to be good. That’s not Kids Ministry, though. That’s babysitting. Kids Ministry is about making disciples. It is about feeding the smallest members of Christ’s flock. And if it’s about feeding the smallest of Christ sheep, then it’s not a lesser ministry. It is gospel ministry, and so they need the gospel, week in and week out. They need to know the truths of the Christian faith. They need to know all that Christ has done for them.
Spurgeon said it well in Come Ye Children:
With the weak of the flock, with the new converts in the flock, with the young children in the flock, our principal business is to feed. Every sermon, every lesson, should be a feeding sermon and a feeding lesson. It is of little use to stand and thump the Bible and call out,” Believe, believe, believe!” when nobody knows what is to be believed. I see no use in fiddles and tambourines; neither lambs nor sheep can be fed upon brass bands. There must be doctrine, solid, sound, gospel doctrine to constitute real feeding. When you have a joint on the table, then ring the dinner-bell; but the bell feeds nobody if no provender is served up. Getting children to meet in the morning and the afternoon is a waste of their steps and yours if you do not set before them soul saving, soul-sustaining truth. Feed the lambs; you need not pipe to them, nor put garlands round their necks; but do feed them.
Friends, especially those among you with aspirations of preaching and teaching, let’s never be too proud to serve in Kids Ministry. Never treat it as unimportant or beneath us. If you care about making disciples, you should care about serving with kids.