A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible privilege of officiating the wedding ceremony of our youngest son Aaron and his beautiful bride Kaity. It was a service that I will never forget. Vickie and I are so blessed. All three of our sons have married beautiful, godly ladies. It’s every parent’s dream come true!!!
As I was preparing for the wedding, I recognized how weddings have changed over the years. One of the most noticeable changes is the absence of the phrase, “if there is anyone here who objects to this marriage, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” Do you remember hearing those words in a wedding? I honestly believe that it’s a thing of the past. Back in the day, when the minister would say those words there would always be a dead silence and everyone would wait to see if there was an objection. Thankfully, everyone would be silent and, in doing so, they would be giving their blessing to what was going on.
The reason that this blog exists and the reason that Vickie and I left the security of being the children’s pastor at a great church in South Florida to travel full time and conduct our Ignite & Unite Conferences is to stir children and youth ministry leaders like you to speak up and loudly, passionately voice your objection to Spirit-less, cold, lifeless, powerless children’s ministries and student ministries that are producing ineffective, anemic, timid children and youth across our land. We’ve been silent for far too long. Things are NOT okay. We object to what the future will hold if we continue to stand back in silence. Passivity and turning our heads the other way must be a thing of the past. It’s time for revolutionists like you to start clearing their throats and begin to unashamedly, boldly use their voices to declare that WE OBJECT. ENOUGH. NO MORE. In this revolution, we will settle for nothing less than having children’s/student ministries where the Holy Ghost is allowed to demonstrate His presence and power. TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost. Nothing less will change a generation of children and nothing less will satisfy our passion.
Sunday school teacher, speak up. Children’s church leader/worker unwaveringly use your voice. Mid-week Bible club teacher, you can’t be passive. Student ministry leader/worker, don’t be denied. SPEAK UP. It’s time to speak or forever hold your peace. Your voice must be heard in the heavenlies. It will launch the Holy Ghost into action. Hell needs hear your bold declarations. It will cause Satan’s imps to cease and desist.
Do me three favors. First, print and distribute this blog posting to those working alongside of you in your ministry. Second, forward this blog posting to all those working in children’s/student ministries around the world. And last, please send a note to [email protected] and let me know that you are a Holy Ghost revolutionist.