From reading about our Book of Acts ancestors, we can easily see the DNA components found in the New Testament children’s ministry. We mentioned last week that this has been passed down through the centuries and is in our genes. Here is what should be inherent and visible in our ministry:

2.    We are a ministry that whole-heartedly worships Jesus. (“The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other’s homes and shared their food. At the IMG_2811same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people.” Acts 2:46-47, God’s Word for Today) We can’t be a three fast-paced, action-packed songs, a slow song, and then check it off of the list because it’s time to move on in the service. The New Testament children’s ministry is one who radically, passionately praises and worships God. Passive, namby-pamby worship? No way. Our fervent worship is heart-felt and visible. We demonstrate our heart’s passion through the clapping and lifting of hands, dancing unto Him, and kneeling before Him. Too radical? Are you kidding? Like David said to Michal in 2 Samuel 6:21-22, our passion is whole-hearted and might be considered undignified by some people. And remember, it is demonstrated and modeled by ALL of the leadership. It’s easy to do because that is who we are!

3.    We are a ministry that LOVES the Word. (“… and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31, King James Version) Over and over again we read that they spoke (preached) the Word of God. It was the Word, the Word, the Word, the Word. I’m not repeating to fill space. It was THE Word that opened the door for the Holy Spirit. Nothing more. Nothing less. Here’s a radical concept … amongst all of your other props and teaching tools, use a literal Bible in your service each and every week. Show it. Read from it. Teach from it. And then expect your children to fall in love with the Word.