This is one of my absolute favorite pics of all time! The 5th grade school play. It wasn’t quite Shakespeare or Broadway or even a little off Broadway. It was more like…well, the 5th grade school play. Yet, Caitlin and I were decisive that we were going to get involved in the outside lives of kids in the Kids Ministry. We endured and I stayed awake almost to the very end! (Caitlin was shocked)
We watched Kelli & Lydia (two of the 5th graders in the play), over the next 2+ years, become two of our most involved, biblically grounded student leaders in the Midschool Ministry. When a service project was mentioned…these two were there. When a worship opportunity was mentioned…these two were there. When a ‘smelly and somewhat awkward’ kid needed a friend and we pointed it out to them… these two were there. Bible study? Yep, they’re there!
Paul told Titus to remind the people to engage in good deeds (Titus 3:1 – Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed). There was something about the church leader encouraging people to do good deeds that Paul knew would resonate. We often reminded these two (and others) to engage in good deeds and they did.
Do kids at church see you as a leader? Are you a Sunday School teacher or kids ministry leader of some sort? You have so much untapped influential potential!
FIRST – They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. GO to their sporting events, dances, plays, and parties. Show you actually care about them.
THEN – Remind them to engage in good deeds as part of your biblical teaching. Kids, usually more than adults, will put into daily practice what they are learning at church.