The wisest man of all time said that there is a time or season for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We’ve all done something that is perfectly acceptable at the wrong time and died a thousand deaths. There truly is a time and place for everything.
As children’s ministry leaders, we need to have the insight and wisdom to do the right thing at the right time so that we can have the right results for our services. If we aren’t accomplishing or seeing what we long for in our services, it could be that we are using the wrong service components or possibly we could be doing the right thing at the wrong time.
The desire of every children’s ministry leader should be for our children to encounter God in a very real, personal way in each and every service. The launching pad for the movement of the Holy Spirit can be the time of praise and worship. (Note …. the real launching pad is done on your knees BEFORE you get on the church property). One of the greatest things to consider for opening the door for His presence is the songs that you will be using. While songs like Father Abraham and There Was a Wise Old King are classics of children’s ministry, they can’t be the foundation for launching our children into the realm of the Holy Spirit. I’m not discounting these songs. I’m just reminding you that there is a time and place for these songs.
Allow me to briefly share four ingredients for ushering your children into God’s presence.
1. Preparation. Before you ever to your ministry, begin your ministry by ministering to Him in your private time at home. What is done at home will overflow into the service.
2. Explanation. Just don’t sing the songs. Explain the songs. Often, the kids don’t have a clue as to what phrases or words mean in the song. Just be careful that you don’t become too wordy. It’s not a sermon. It’s an explanation!
3. Demonstration. Just don’t sing the words. Demonstrate your passion and hunger for His presence. David couldn’t/wouldn’t hide his passion. His comment to Michael explained it all. In essence he said, “I can’t hide my passion. I’ll become even more radical and shamelessly passionate in my display and love for my King.” Not only should you demonstrate your passion, your staff must be visible in their love for God. The kids will follow their example.
4. Expectation. Matthew 9:29 reminds us that God moves to the level of our faith and expectation. Are you just filling 10 minutes of your service? Are you just putting a check mark beside another item on your service agenda? Or, are you passionately expecting Him to show up?
Next week, I’ll share some THOU SHALT NOT’s to avoid as you desire to usher your children into God’s presence.