Rather than share a lengthy blog entry this week, allow me to just share a few questions to ponder. The questions may not mean anyone else but me. Judging by what I am hearing from Children’s Ministry leaders across the nation, these questions cause me to be very concerned.
- Why is a salvation altar call almost non-existent in children’s services?
- While having fun is an essential element of children’s ministry, where are the somber moments that allow the Holy Spirit to grip the very core of our children’s heart?
- Why is receiving an offering just a part of the check-off to-do list of the service rather than an act of worship?
- Why is the content of teaching and ministry more like cotton candy fluff instead of life-changing Rhema (red-letter) words from heaven?
- When was the last time that you heard or taught about the full package delivered on Calvary’s cross?
- Why is prayerless preparation and prayerless delivery the norm rather than the exception in our ministries?
- Why is Book of Acts children’s ministry only provided to the fortunate few that can afford to attend a Kid’s Camp or children’s ministry retreat while the majority of children sitting in children’s churches and mid-week Bible clubs are never given that opportunity?
- Why is it the greatest majority of the children (and staff) in Pentecostal/Charismatic churches would be like the Ephesian Christians in Acts 19 and would answer, “We didn’t even know that there is a Holy Ghost”?
- Is the “these signs will follow those who believe” (Mark 16) only relegated to adult Christians?
Believe it or not, I have plenty more questions to ponder. But, this is enough to hopefully stir the children’s ministry pastors and leaders. If you have any response, you can contact me here.