Ideas collected by Jayne Russell, SEND International, Ukraine, Missions Mobilization 25 February 2021
[ideas from “Ministry-to-Children.com” and ‘Intro to Christian Education’ course notes]
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen among those who have a heart for the lost is that they don’t see the children in their own church as lost. Every child, even the cute ones in our Sunday schools, needs the gospel. Our goal is not just to get the children into church, but into Christ.
So if the church is to be missional, let’s be missional with those closest to us—the ones already within the church walls. – Steve Chang
Luke 18:16 — But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
For an exciting example of how ministry to children and through children is resulting in explosive church growth in French-speaking Africa, read this EMQ article: Church Planting in Hard Places: Research Reveals the Strength of a Next-Gen Focused Church Planting Strategy.
Purpose – to help children in my home country understand more about where I/we are called to serve God; to plant a seed for missions in the heart of children so they will be prayers, senders and goers for missions
Booklet – to create a booklet as a handout that children can learn more your country of service Example: [this is print ready]
Story (telling) – You can tell how God called you to be a missionary. You can tell a story that you know of in your country of service. Read/tell a missionary story. Keep story time to about 10 minutes maximum due to shorter attention spans
Learning Centers – A place where 8 to 10 children can interact with information given. Make instruction cards for an adult leader to help you in each center. (Talk with children’s director beforehand to let them know of the need.)
THEME: How life is different in country of service from home country
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