As children’s ministry workers, what are we aiming for? What do we hope will be the outcome from our teaching in the long-term? In other words, what sort of adults do we hope our children will become?
Over at the WhyMissionaries blog, Wanda has put a lot of thought into answering this. Looking at the whole child in every aspect - spiritual, emotional, social, mental and physical – she has begun a list of goals.
As we pray, plan, develop and implement ministry for children do we ever stop and ask who we want that child to be when he is an adult? I believe asking this question will make a big difference in how we do ministry to children.
Below is my beginning list. I’m sure it will grow and change – if I’ve missed something let me know…
When you see her list, add no doubt add your own items, perhaps you will respond as I did:
What a great personal checklist for me as a teacher! Does my life model these attributes? Phew! Food for thought !
So, in the midst of the nitty-gritty, week-by-week planning and preparation for your children’s ministry, why not consider Wanda’s challenge and build your own list of long-term goals for your young people. Allow God to mould you, so that you model these qualities. Then he might use you in some measure to mould the young lives in your care into great men and women of God.