10 Reasons Why There Is No Higher Calling than Ministry to Children

A high percentage of people in our church are involved in some sort of formal children’s ministry. If you’re like me, you may struggle with discouragement, wondering at times whether your ministry is really making a difference at all, so I put together a short list of reasons why there is no higher calling than ministry to children:

Kids last forever.

That’s a long time. Your ministry may last a few moments, at most a few decades. But the children you’re serving will last for eternity. There is no higher calling than to prepare an everlasting soul to live in God’s presence forever.

Matthew 25:46 And [the wicked] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Kids are lost.

No matter how godly their parents, kids are born sinners. Baby dedication doesn’t change that. Children’s ministers have the momentous responsibility to bring God’s powerful gospel to bear on the lives of born rebels. That’s no small task.

Ephesians 2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

You’ll be gone soon.

The next Sunday School teacher, deacon, pastor, missionary, or martyr might be crawling around our nurseries. Children’s ministers are preparing the next generation to take the reins of leadership. When you’re gone, who will take your place?

Psalm 78:4-7 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. . . , that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:  that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.

Parents need help.

God calls moms and dads to open their mouths and speak His Word at all times, in all places, and during all kinds of activities (Deut 6:4). They could use some help. When you serve the children of the church, you’re serving their parents as well.

2 Timothy 1:3-5 I thank God, . . . when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Someone else is reaching kids.

From Main Street to Madison Avenue, the world has set its sights on kids. The amount of advertisements directed toward children is mind-numbing, and growing all the time, not to mention peer pressure, public education, and life in general. We can’t stand still in the battle for our kids; the enemy is on the move (Proverbs 9:1-18).

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Look for part 2 tomorrow.

2 Responses

  1. While working in the Nursery, I may not be teaching the INFANTS anything spiritually. But while we’re serving in the Nursery, and meeting the needs of the children in our care, parents are able to be in an ABF class, or in the service, or serving in another ministry. Each child in our Nursery represents a family that is either being fed spiritually, or is being used to teach someone else. Thanks for this blog post, and for the reminder of how precious our little ones (and their families) are.

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